Red Bulls, Administration of Children's Services of NYC partner to host pair of clinics to youth residents

Members of the New York Red Bulls will teach game strategies, aspects of teamwork, game rules,

New York Red Bulls Danleigh Borman, Jeremy Hall, Roy Miller and Bouna Coundoul, as well as coaches from the Red Bull Academy, will participate in the club’s annual clinics with the Administration of Children’s Services of New York City. The clinics are designed to promote camaraderie as well as good teamwork amongst the youth residents while giving them an opportunity to meet and interact with professional sport team members. It is also designed to give them an opportunity to learn more about the sport of soccer.

 “We look forward to these events every year,” said Red Bulls Managing Director Erik Stover, who will also be attending the event. “It's a great opportunity to spread our love of soccer and hopefully provide some life experience in a meaningful way.”

The clinics will take place at the Horizon Juvenile Center in Bronx, NY and at the Crossroads Juvenile Center in Brooklyn, NY.

“The Red Bulls clinic is a chance for the boys and girls at Horizon to take part in a healthy and fun athletic activity,” said Sonia Galarza, DJJ Director of Program Services. “This opportunity allows the youth to learn from professional players and develop their own game.”

During the clinic, members of the New York Red Bulls will teach game strategies, aspects of teamwork, game rules, and other soccer techniques to the juvenile residents encouraging pro-social skills and empowering them to make more positive life choices. The soccer clinic is intended to promote camaraderie and team play, and will provide more than 100 young residents with a unique opportunity to meet and interact with professional sports players and learn about the sport of soccer.

In January 2010, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that DJJ will merge with the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). The collaboration of the juvenile justice and child welfare systems creates the Division of Youth and Family Justice at Children’s Services, providing additional services to prevent the need for detention for youth with child welfare needs, including youth in foster care. The Department of Juvenile Justice was created in 1979 to provide care and custody to juveniles involved in the criminal and juvenile justice system. Each year, the Department provides secure and non-secure detention for youth whose cases await adjudication in New York Family, Criminal and Supreme Courts. For additional information visit www.nyc.gov/acs.