We are launching 49ers PREP! A free, noncompetitive, co-ed flag football program for youth in partnership with the San Francisco 49ers Foundation. Adults are encouraged to sign up to volunteer as coaches and managers.
The Alameda County Sheriff's Deputy Sheriffs’ Activities League (DSAL) and the San Francisco 49ers Foundation today announced the formation of a free, co-ed, youth flag football program that provides a safe, fun introduction to football for kids ages 7-14. The 8-week program will take place on Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., from April 2 through May 21, 2022. Registration is now open for the 2022 season.
Sign ups close on March 18th!
“Youth in Alameda County’s unincorporated, challenged communities lack access to the most basic resources, such as quality playing fields, quality coaching, and affordable equipment.
This partnership with the 49ers Foundation adds another very exciting program to DSAL’s growing list of free sports, recreation, and fitness activities. We’re grateful to the 49ers Foundation for their support.”
- Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern
DSAL’s recreation programs are part of the Alameda County Sheriff’s revolutionary approach to public safety, called Community Capitals Policing, which creates pathways for people to succeed and provides positive activities for people of all ages, resulting in a stronger, more cohesive community.
“We’ve seen incredible demand for DSAL’s free sports programs, which give youth in Ashland, Cherryland, and other Alameda County neighborhoods a chance to experience competitive team sports that would otherwise be financially out of reach.
“Flag football is one of the fastest-growing team sports in the U.S., so we wanted to make sure the youth we serve have access to the sport. DSAL and our partners will provide jerseys and equipment, and we’ll provide coaching training to adults who want to support the effort.”
- Edwin Weathersby II, Director of Athletics & Recreation, DSAL
The DSAL/49ers PREP Flag Football program will introduce youth to the sport of football and its fundamentals, along with an outlet for physical fitness and the development of social and life skills.
The free, non-contact program is open to youth ages 7-14 of all genders and will include additional activities to teach life lessons that build stronger individuals and communities.
Adults are invited to sign-up to participate as volunteer coaches and referees and to help with field setup and breakdown, equipment allocation, and other vital support.
DSAL serves thousands of youth and families every year through a range of fitness and recreation activities, including soccer, boxing, wrestling, fitness, and dance. The fitness and recreation activities are led by passionate, talented coaches and instructors who are dedicated to DSAL’s mission to improve lives and create a safer, stronger community.
"The 49ers PREP Flag Football was created to advance our mission to promote an enjoyable, safe game for boys and girls across the Bay Area.
We're excited to add flag football to our slate of community offerings and welcome Bay Area kids of all ages and skill levels to participate in this free program. We want to thank our local partners, including the Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs’ Activities League. This program wouldn't be possible without their support."
Nezam Etemadi, Manager, 49ers PREP Flag Football
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Founded in 2005, the Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs’ Activities League (DSAL) is a nonprofit organization created to unite Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) personnel, citizens, and youth of Alameda County in the pursuit and implementation of initiatives that reduce crime, improve the lives of area residents, and enhance the health of the community.
DSAL and ACSO’s revolutionary approach to public safety, called Community Capitals Policing, takes a systems-level approach to repair the harm by building upon the community’s strengths and making strategic, community-directed investments in seven “community capitals,” including natural, cultural, human, social, political, financial, and built capital.