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Old 03-01-07, 01:06 PM   #1
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California Police use Bikes to Fight Gangs

Wasn't exactly sure where to deposit this one, but it seems like an advocacy type article. Pretty neat to see the sport used in this "alternative" way. Football, basketball and baseball are not for everyone.

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A new biking program hopes to provide students in Sacramento with an alternative to drugs and gangs.

Wednesday afternoon, officers rolled out mountain bikes, helmets and knee pads for the after school program at Goethe Middle School in Sacramento.

School Resource Officer George Martinez came up with the idea for the program to give students structure outside of class.

The Sacramento Police Department made it a part of the Gang Resistance Education and Training, or GREAT program.

Sacramento Police spokesman Sergeant Mike Young said the program gives young people the opportunity to build confidence, maintain physical fitness and interact with positive role models.

"What we've found, especially with these kids that have turned to gangs, that have turned to drugs or this violent lifestyle, is that at some point in their lives they were missing a positive role model," Young said.

Middle School student Anthony Short said it's the first sport he's ever signed up for.

"It means a lot to me because at least I have something to do after school. It will keep me a little out of trouble," he said.

The program is also available at Luther Burbank High School.

The students practice three times a week, and will compete on a regular basis.
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Old 03-01-07, 01:09 PM   #2
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Awesome program !!
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And when the kids get tired of biking. They can sell all of the stuff to buy crack!
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What is the cycling sport? What is the 'practice'? Is this trail riding? Races on courses?
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I have no idea. Just forwarding the short article I found.
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Knee pads but no gloves?
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Now they will be in better shape to outrun the cops. :O)
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Now they will be in better shape to outrun the cops. :O)
Especially the cop who spends most of an shift, scarfing down donuts, in a patrol car.
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Now they will be in better shape to outrun the cops. :O)
wow, you guys are a cynical as a bunch of cops. makes me feel at home
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Sounds like a good program. I never liked team sports. I prefered more adventurous things, and bicycling definitely qualifies as adventure. Mobility is freedom and if they are riding out in nature, or sort of nature, that's a welcome respite from concrete I'm sure.
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Sounds great to me. PAL (Police Athletic Leagues) is popular here and said to be effective in diverting kids from crime and drugs. A positive approach usually works better than a negative one. A lot of cops have great people skills and make good coaches.
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Goethe highschool.

LOL. I bet none of the kids actually know who Goethe is.
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Make those kids competitive enough and they'll still turn to drugs.
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Goethe highschool.

LOL. I bet none of the kids actually know who Goethe is.
Actually, they probably do. And it's not this Goethe but this one. There's been a bit of controversy locally about having a school named after a guy who was a proponent of eugenics and a Nazi sympathizer.
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Oops, never head of the second one.

Guess I'm the idiot here.
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Then I am too. I had always assumed it was the philosopher too and that people were mispronouncing his name.
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