The Watts Bears use sports as a vehicle to build character, confidence, and a sense of purpose in Watts and surrounding area youth ages 7-13. LAPD officers and community members coach football, mentor players, track academic performance, provide tutoring and summer school to boost academic success, and seek to encourage positive attitudes and behaviors. Our goal is to change the trajectory of the lives of our players in this crucial age range and provide them the opportunity to enter high school more focused and likely to succeed.