Chivas USA Makes a Countywide Push

Chivas USA recently announced a partnership with elite Orange County youth soccer club United FC, and now they’ve expanded their outreach efforts to include Orange County-based organization G.R.I.P., which stands for Gang Reduction and Intervention Partnership.

GRIP is a multi-institutional partnership including cities, school districts and police departments, combining entities in Buena Park, Garden Grove, Mission Viejo, Orange, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Stanton, Santa Ana, Tustin, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Garden Grove, La Habra, Placentia, Laguna Hills, and Orange.

“The Orange County Sheriff’s Department proudly welcomes Chivas USA to OC GRIP. The collaboration with private organizations is what drives OC GRIP and makes the program a success. The addition of Chivas USA will strengthen OC GRIP now and into the future.”

– Sandra Hutchens, Orange County Sheriff

“Chivas USA’s commitment with our community, and especially with our youth, continues to be one of the organization’s priorities. Soccer is not only family entertainment, it is additionally a vehicle and an option to keep our children and youth off the streets, gangs, and criminal activities. Chivas USA is honored to be a part of GRIP, and will continue to do its part to have our youth more focused on education.”

– Antonio Cué, Chivas USA Co-Owner and President

“These programs can only be successful through the work of public-private partnerships. I appreciate that Chivas USA has joined with us in taking an active interest in the future of Orange County kids. It is good to see the community rally around our children to make sure they stay out of gangs and on the right track.”

– Tony Rackauckas, Orange County District Attorney

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Author: Omar Ian Ávalos

Professional musician and music educator by trade, soccer writer by chance. Music composer, musicologist, pianist, flamenco guitarist and writer out of Santa Ana, CA. Past contributions at Soccer Newsday, SB Nation, TheCup.US, The Guardian US and Midfield Press. Latest project: Social: @OpenDivisionUSA, /r/OpenDivision. Blogs and projects include The Saint City Post, The Angeltown Post, The Anemometer and more.

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