The Watts Bears was started as a program to serve the youth residing in one of the most gang affiliated and recurrently violent communities of South Central Los Angeles. The Watts Bears were created by LAPD officers from the Southeast Division, with these officers coaching student-athletes in football and track & field. The teams were created to give underprivileged youth in Watts a chance to play organized sports but on a larger scale, and to positively change the historically strained relationship between the police and the community of Watts. 

The program provides a safe and positive outlet for well-deserving kids. To be eligible to participate, the student-athletes have to meet standards in school, stay out of trouble, and must possess a desire to positively contribute to society. The coaches use sports as a vehicle to introduce, reinforce and promote concepts that we all value in society; strong moral character, positive values, personal responsibility and a commitment to academics. The coaches stress structure, discipline, team spirit, friendship, and positive competition. 

The Watts Bears program hopes to positively change the minds of the youth by challenging, guiding and teaching all our student-athletes to be positive leaders, not only in Watts, but throughout the world.


In 2011, the Watts Bears started with one team in the LA County Pop Warner Southern Region...

Track & Field

The Watts Bears track program is in its 4th year of existence. Like football, it started small but has grown to larger numbers...



Education is the key to success.  As coaches, we believe that education comes before sports...


Community Outreach

Community service plays a large part in the Watts Bears program...


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Contact Us

For all further inquiries on the programs offered by Watts Bears,
feel free to contact us via this form or take a look at our social media outlets.

As for volunteer opportunities, we always welcome help with open arms!
Volunteers are needed in all areas, from coaching positions to academic mentoring. With the Watts Bears, everyone makes a difference in our program. If you are interested, please don't hesitate to let us know.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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