They were playing Teqball, an emerging new sport, and the sports group Teqball USA donated a new teqball table for the club, offering youth a new sport to use to stay active and build community.
Sunday’s ceremonies at Stearns Champions Park in East Long Beach included a guest appearance from the Long Beach Fire Department, which raised an American flag from a ladder truck for the National Anthem.
The program will offer a free basketball academy to 25 youth between the ages of 11-18, along with providing reading-comprehension help and mentorship.
Jose Luis Silva, better known as “Coach Louie,” said COVID-19 has kept his youth football nonprofit from fundraising for gear on its own.
“There’s too much of a culture of women being quiet,” Sovannahry Em said. “We live in such a society that violence toward women is not so uncommon.”