As public safety officials in Surrey look for solutions to end the gun violence among two groups of young drug traffickers before someone else gets killed, at least one resident is already making a difference.
Former BC Lions’ Running Back Cory Philpot is fundraising to support his non-profit organization – The All Stars Sports League.
They provide grants to teenagers from low-income families to cover fees for football.
He says kids need to get off the street, and onto the field.
“That will keep them off the street. That will keep them from running around with these gangs and wannabe gang members. And be what they call ‘the high class guys,’ because they are hanging out with someone who is not the right person. Keep them off the street, and that makes your kid a better kid.”
“I have kids that right now I coach, that if it wasn’t for me, I could see those kids down the road, either getting killed, or being part of a gang, or shooting people up, I’m giving those kids an opportunity to not do that kind of stuff.”
Two hundred young people between the ages of 10 and 23 are now involved in his organization.
Philpot says he is now trying to raise enough money for a trip to Miami to take on an American football team.