At-risk youth hear from law enforcement and Angels players, coaches on how to succeed in life and avoid gangs
Almost 2,000 screaming kids greeted Angels players and Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer during the Orange County Gang Reduction and Intervention Partnership program, also known as OC GRIP, at Angel Stadium on Wednesday. Several coaches and players addressed the restless crowd before taking on the Toronto Blue Jays including locally-raised Noe Ramirez, second baseman Tommy La Stella and outfielder Brian Goodwin.
“We’re here today on this field of dreams, every blade of grass is perfect,” said Spitzer. “Your field of dreams is your classroom where you get your education. Let’s hear it for you and your dreams.”
OC GRIP operates in 60 schools across Orange County to reduce gang involvement and inspire students to succeed in school and in life.