Around nine o clock last night hubby got a call about kids playing soccer on the pristine tennis courts at night. The tennis folks were understandably upset that the kids, fourteen-fifteen year olds, were tearing up the court. This was the second time the complaint had been made. Seems the cops went out the night before too and moved the kids along.
When hubby finished his call we talked about the situation. I said, at least these kids are not out behind the alley smoking dope or doing crack. At least they are not running wild in street gangs. I then asked the question, why would they play soccer on a tennis court?
It was obvious to me that soccer is very important to them. I grew-up in a soccer mad country. And I wondered, Is the tennis court the only place available for them to play the game? To which hubby said, they have a beautiful park with soccer-pitches. I said, well, I’ll put money on it there is a very good reason they are playing soccer on a tennis court.
When someone finally asked the kids why they were playing on the tennis courts they said that the lights on the tennis court stay on much later at night. It was as simple as that, lights. They wanted to play soccer, just as we did, late into the summer nights.
I’m happy to say the park lighting problem will be addressed and hopefully these kids can safely play on their well-lit soccer pitches later into the night. I also hope this little incident has opened the doors to better communications between the youth and the law. With the hope the kids have learned to ask for the things they need from the city before choosing a poor alternative. And the city recognizes their need for a youth and community officer.