LAPD YOUTH SPORTS PROGRAM CHANGES HEARTS, MINDS IN WATTS

WATTS, LOS ANGELES (KABC) --

Los Angeles police officers are on the offense and defense this summer in Watts. They're taking part in Watts Bears, a track and football program that pairs officers with at-risk youth.

All the players are 8- to 12-year-old children living in housing projects in Watts. In addition to playing on the team, they're required to attend a six-week summer school.

Reporter Elex Michaelson shows how the program is changing hearts and minds one touchdown at a time in the video above.

For more information, visit wattsbears.com.