December 21, 2016
MY TWO CENTS
Some NYPD goodwill
In this season of goodwill, BigAppleSoccer.com is publishing the following appeal from NYPD FC, one of the many Cosmopolitan Soccer League members scoring goals well beyond the soccer field.
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By Ronald Mejia
Special to BigppleSoccer.com
My name is Ronald Mejia. I am a retired Lieutenant of the NYPD's Organized Crime Investigative Division. I am the manager and a player of the NYPD soccer team and wanted to tell you a little about what we do as a team in helping out underprivileged children in underdeveloped countries. Our team is seeking assistance in gathering soccer equipment and educational Supplies to donate during these humanitarian visits.
In May we anticipate traveling to Haiti. As you may be aware, Haiti was recently devastated by a hurricane and has never really recovered from a massive earthquake in 2010.
The NYPD men's soccer team is a non-for profit organization that participates in a competitive soccer league within the Tri-State area, the Cosmopolitan Soccer League (www.cslny.com). All of our members are police officers from different ranks and assignments throughout New York City. We represent the NYPD at different sporting events and functions throughout NYC and abroad.
Our team has been involved in international Humanitarian work since 2007. The team's Motto has always been "Through the Sport of Soccer, anything is Possible."
During these humanitarian missions to different parts of the world our members use their own vacation time and money to fund the airfare. Up to recently, the teams focus was to conduct soccer clinics and donate soccer related gear such as soccer balls, cleats, cones, pennies, etc. We have noticed that there is a correlation between sports and education, therefore, we have also began donating educational supplies such as books, pencils, crayons, art supplies etc., to compliment the soccer equipment we distribute.
In years past, the members of the team have traveled to countries including Costa Rica, Peru, South Korea, Colombia, Trinidad & Tobago, Bahamas and Ecuador. Our day generally consists of visiting two to three schools and neighborhoods a day, etc. We conduct soccer clinics with the children and spend time talking to them about education, drug awareness and sports. Since we started this program, we have noticed that the time spent with these children has made a big impact on their outlook for the future. We have maintained contact with local teachers and coaches and they have noticed the impact we have made during our visits. We have had great success in areas where gang violence, drugs and alcohol take up much of the kidsí daily lives. The overwhelming need for educational and athletic supplies along with the cooperation and support we have received from these local governments, the police and the communities of these countries has been so demanding that we have visited some of these countries several times.
While in these countries we also take advantage and participate in friendly matches against police teams which bring about a sense of camaraderie and friendship through a competitive sporting event. Dialogue regarding police tactics and community relations is also established.
The New York's Finest soccer team is a not-for-profit 501 C3 organization registered in New York State. Any assistance from your organization that can be provided regarding donating soccer and educational equipment will be greatly appreciated.
Ron Mejia-NYPD Soccer
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