Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date September 29, 2005
Contact Officer Phil Fernandez
Phone (951) 826-5939


10th Annual Eastside Soccer Clinic



Riverside, Ca- On Saturday, October 8, 2005 the Riverside Police Department, in conjunction with UCR Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Riverside Sheriffs Office and the Corona Police Department, will present the 10th Annual Eastside Soccer Clinic. The event will be held at Bobby Bonds Park, located at 2060 University Avenue, from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM.

The Eastside Soccer Clinic 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 community and law enforcement interaction.

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 are encouraged to accompany their children to the event and will be able to participate in two workshops, “Child Safety Seats” and “Keys to Success,” to learn methods of safeguarding our children and advancing their education.

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. Local clubs and community service groups will be providing information from informational booths at the event. Local law enforcement agencies and Riverside Fire Department will display vehicles and equipment, as well as a law enforcement helicopter, during the event.

Members of the media are welcome to attend the event. For more information about the 10th Annual Soccer Clinic, please contact Officer Phil Fernandez at (951) 826-5939.