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Sheriff's Office Sponsors Midget Football Team

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As these 11 and 12 year old boys take the field, they're becoming part of something much larger than this little league field.

Aunarey Herbert, a parent says "teaching them to balance work as well as their other outside activities."

Herbert tells me the Chargers football team has given his son the opportunity to put down the Xbox controllers and pick up a new hobby. One that's positive.

"It' gets more community involvement, showing that we are trying to do something positive," he adds

Offering a skill set and an outlet that coaches say these young men may not have gotten otherwise.

Sgt. Danny Whitehead, Coach explains "the main thing we're trying to teach these kids is leadership and discipline."

And he says it's important to get those lessons at an early age. Sheriff Richard Roundtree says targeting kids around this age  isn't a task he is willing to fumble.

The sheriff shares "this is the point where kids will get influenced by their friends. And we wanted to show law enforcement in a positive light -- that their interaction with law enforcement can be a positive one. Not just a negative one."

Although only in their first year, the 21 boys that make up the Chargers seem to already have the support of the community. And this team hopes that other groups across the country will take a page out of their playbook.

"You've got the 9 and 10 year old group below us that are coming up and we hope that they look and see us and want to come play for the Richmond County Sheriff's Office Chargers," adds Sgt. Whitehead.

Sheriff Roundtree says the efforts will continue throughout the year with a basketball and baseball team sponsored by the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

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