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August 3, 2013

Putting an end to self-profiling

The Community Bowl aims to show youth more to life

ORANGE — It’s time to play some football.

Sixth Street Team verses Fourteenth Street Team.

The annual Community Bowl is 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the WO-S Middle School football field.

Profiling a different character is inspiration for this year’s event.

The community football game is dedicated to Trayvon Martin, a young African American shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida in February 2012. Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder and of manslaughter charges in July.

The case brought profiling of others to national attention.

“We want to give to our future, our youth,” Jason Alexander, a WO-S graduate, said. “Black or white, if you are looking a certain way you could be mistakenly identified and you are profiling yourself. You could be mistaken for the wrong person.”

Alexander, who served in the United States Navy, also said he could tell when someone has served in the military because of the way they walk and carry themselves.

“A person can have three degrees but if they are walking around with their pants hanging down people think they have done nothing,” Alexander said.

Alexander said the Community Bowl is a way to try to reach the younger children in the community together and show them that violence is not the way of life.

Rashid Dennis, who has played for semi-pro football teams such as the SE Texas Demons, said it is a way to show that Orange is not a stereo-type city.

“We can come together as one,” Dennis said. “This is a must see event.”

DePauldrick Garrett, December 2012 Lamar University graduate and college football player, said all three gentlemen are known for their accomplishments at WO-S High School.

“This is a chance to bring the youth together,” Garrett said. “There is more to life that being in the streets.”

The Community Bowl is an opportunity for the area to pull together and show support for the youth in the area.

“The purpose is to bring the community together,” Alexander said. “We don’t need violence in our own community.”

The admission is free for the game.

Food, such as barbecue, and drinks will be available with 10% of the proceeds to be donated to the Reggie Garrett Scholarship Fund.

Trophies for the Offensive MVP, the Defensive MVP and the Champions will be awarded at the end of the game.

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