Riverside Police Department
Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date October 17, 2002
Contact Sergeant Michael Perea
Phone (909) 686-7291
Fax (909) 684-3506


Seventh Annual Eastside Soccer Clinic

Riverside, Ca-  On Saturday October 19, 2002 the Riverside Police Department, in conjunction with UCR Police Department,
California Highway Patrol, and the Corona Police Department, will present the Seventh Annual Eastside Soccer Clinic.
The soccer program is hosted and sponsored by the “El Protector” coalition of local law enforcement agencies. The “El
Protector” program is a community outreach program that helps to shape the future of local youth through several
different avenues. Each year the soccer clinic serves to unite underprivileged youth with local police officers for a festive
day of fun, food, sports, and entertainment. Parents who accompany their kids to the event will be able to participate in
two workshops, entitled “Keys to Success” and “Family Relationships.”

As in the past, coaches for the event include Police Officer volunteers, UCR student organizations, and the UCR men
and women’s soccer teams. Children throughout the day will be given instruction in soccer skills, team spirit, and
community values. Each child will receive a free soccer ball and commemorative tee shirt. The majority of the 300
children that will participate have been pre-registered over the past several weeks at local churches and community
events. The event will begin at 8:30 A.M. and come to a close at 2:00 P.M. Several local clubs and community service
groups will be on hand to provide information from several booths at the event. Various law enforcement agencies will
also have several vehicles and a helicopter on display during the event. The overriding message for the day will be
“Stay in School and Continue on to College!”

In light of several tragedies in the world over the past year, we in law enforcement are especially grateful to be able to
convene in this collaborative event, as we help to shape the future of our community through the eyes of our youth.