Jerry Preayer has high hopes for the youth of East Dallas.
The president and CEO of The Vision for Hope Foundation has begun a new venture to not only get area children and teens more active but teach them valuable life lessons in the process.
“Health and wellness is very important with the youth,” Preayer says. “Obesity rates are rising, you’ve got kids sitting home paying video games and they don’t really have any athletic programs.”
This ambitious goal is the basis for the East Dallas Marshals, a youth athletic club under the branch of The Vision for Hope Foundation. According to Preayer, the club is meant to provide a support system for children and teens to become successful adults later in life.
While the East Dallas Marshals club was started in 2012, it’s officially getting off the ground this year thanks to finally receiving its tax exemption status. Now Preayer plans to start out with flag and tackle football as well as cheer and dance for youth ages 4 to 15.
Preayer noted that they are also asking for donations and looking to bring in volunteers. He plans to recruit interested area youth within the next few weeks by promoting the club at various libraries.
“Our athletic club is designed to give these kids more values, like respect for other people,” Preayer says. “It’s teaching them the proper way to play football and the proper way how to interact with other athletes.”
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