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Omar Cervantes Wins Positive Coaching Alliance's Double-Goal Coach Award

DSAL and community members

Reflections From the Field: Who's doing the work


“I love working with kids and their families," says Omar, 41, who has worked as a DSAL soccer coach for 3 years. Since he joined, DSAL's free soccer program has grown from a recreational soccer league to now having 9 competitive, award-winning teams proudly playing for the Sheriff's Futbol Club. Omar recently received the 2019 Double-Goal Coach Award for his incredible work. “The relationships we get to build with community members through soccer are what make this opportunity so meaningful."

MIKE BARATTA - Community Volunteer

“Our kids are our greatest natural resource,” says Mike. "Whatever I can do, I just want to help." For more than 20 years, he's advocated and volunteered for various community planning committees in Cherryland to better serve its children and families. He feels encouraged by the bridges he sees the Sheriff's Office and DSAL making to keep kids engaged and away from distractions that might take them off the right path. "I believe DSAL's commitment to the youth and families of our area has been a major influence for the lives of our residents."

Community Announcements

The DSAL Soccer Park (16640 E. 14th St.) is re-opening soon after being temporarily closed for repairs and upgrades. Thank you for your patience as we work with county officials to secure permits and make improvements. Contact or (510) 481-4517 with questions.

DSAL Soccer Director of Coaching, Omar Cervantes, was one of 50 national winners of Positive Coaching Alliance's Double-Goal Coach Award. Read about his win HERE. Congrats Omar!

Tryouts for the 2019 competitive Sheriff's Futbol Club are now closed. Hundreds of kids came out for very few spots, and we hope to add even more teams next year for an expanded competitive club for our community!

Upcoming Events

Soccer Summer Camp

DSAL Soccer will host a soccer summer camp June 24-28 at Edendale Middle School. Stay tuned for more details!

First Friday Farm Stand

On July 5, join Dig Deep Farms and the Social Services Agency for the return of First Friday Farm Stand in Oakland (1221 Oak St. Plaza, 10:00a-1:00p). The first 50 purchases of $10 or more get a free reusable bag!

Angry Fish Mural Ribbon Cutting

On July 10th, our first mural funded by the NEA Our Town grant program will be complete. This is part of the Art++ Initiative, which is an expansion and enhancement of the existing Neighborhood Makeover Team collaboration among ACOE, DSAL, RCD and REACH. Our ACOE partner teaching artists, Joaquin Newman and Jerarde Gutierrez support youth artists at REACH Ashland Youth Center through the design and production process.

Summer Boxing

On July 27 at 2:00 p.m., the Summer Night Fights boxing event will take place at Hayward Adult School (22100 Princeton Street, Hayward). Click here for more info.


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