Bamfam Foundation touches down in Monroe
MONROE, La. (KNOE) -A nonprofit “sporting” a big name is working to bridge the gap between local youth and law enforcement.
The BamFam Foundation is a nonprofit organization that celebrates, supports, and raises awareness and funding for at-risk youth thru the use of team sports.
The organization touched down in Monroe today at Wossman High School with former NFL player and 3-time pro bowler Pat Williams, who is also a Monroe native.
BamFam Foundation promotes education, health, and community service to at-risk youths and their families through sports-related events and activities.
The foundation aims to foster positive relationships/experiences and productive citizens by engaging youth in dynamic sport-related community programs and events. They work in partnership with counselors, teachers, law enforcement, military, first responders, and other community-based organizations.
Former defensive tackle Pat Williams said it’s all about coming together.
"I just want everyone to be open. Open-minded all together don’t say just because you are black, white, red and blue, or nothing. I just want all the kids to be together and everybody the kids the whole world just grow up and have an open mind everyone is equal. "
Monroe police youth service coordinator, Jason Stewart says there is nothing more important than our youth because they determine tomorrow.
“That’s one of the things that we strive to do with the Bamfam Foundation and the youth services program for the Monroe Police Department. We decided to bridge the gap together to strive to help our youth today because they are the future of tomorrow”.
Bamfam program officials say reaching out to the youth is key to changing distressed communities throughout the country.
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