The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office is launching a new soccer program in Brownsville and East Flatbush, announced DA Eric Gonzalez on Thursday.
The program titled "Saturday Night Lights" is an expansion of an already established initiative in East New York and part of the DA's Justice 2020 Action plan to enhance public safety while building community trust, Gonzalez said.
"Saturday Night Lights achieves both these goals while reducing the criminal justice footprint," he added.
Saturday Night Lights, a collaboration with the NYC Soccer Initiative and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office which first launched the program, will kick off on Saturday, September 21, at the Winthrop Beacon Community Center in East Flatbush. The free program will run every Saturday night from 6:00pm to 9:00pm and is open to boys and girls ages eight to 18.
The weekly sessions offer an opportunity to learn character-building skills by working as a team and with experienced coaches, the DA said.
"These terrific programs give our children a place to spend their Saturday nights in a safe and productive environment where they not only learn sports and sportsmanship but build confidence and develop life skills," said Gonzalez. "This is a valuable investment in communities that often lack the resources and facilities to constructively engage young people."
There are no academic or pre-registration requirements to participate in the soccer program. Parents can enroll their children at the Winthrop Beacon Community Center, located at 905 Winthrop Street. The program is part of a two-year grant awarded to City in the Community, the nonprofit branch of the New York City Football Club.
For more information on the Saturday Night Lights programs, visit https://www.brooklynda.org/youth-initiatives/.