We started the afternoon with a small group of Hawthorne's Futsal kids and all of a sudden we had a full house!. For some unknown reason many of the kids showed up late today. Thankfully Sgt. Chris was in a great mood today and switched around teams and let everyone play. Thank you Sgt. Chris !!
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On a clear bright sunny afternoon over 40 of Hawthorne's youth came out to the Memorial Park Futsal Park to enjoy an afternoon of Futsal fun. After the games were completed Sergeant Chris had a special treat from the LA Galaxy for some of the kids. We had gotten tickets to the Galaxy home opening game for this coming Sunday evening, and several of the kids and their parents & siblings will be going to the game!
Today was a sad day. Gyasi Zardes was traded from the LA Galaxy to the Columbus Crew SC and will be moving to Ohio to continue his professional soccer career. Gyasi and his family will be missed by all connected with HPD Youth Futsal. Today we said goodbye, and the Hawthorne PD presented Gyasi with a beautiful plaque thanking him for all he has done for our city. We all wish Gyasi great success.
With the HPD, City of Hawthorne Mayor, LA Galaxy, Herbalife CEO, and special guest Gyasi Zardes, the New Hawthorne Futsal Courts officially opened on Dec. 4, 2017 with a gala opening and training session for the youth by the LA Galaxy.
A large turnout of Hawthorne's youth came out to have some fun and play Futsal today. Before the games today, I went over to Jim Thorpe Park to see the new mural for the two new Futsal Courts that Herbalife commissioned. Gyasi Zardesi came by to have a look also. The first several images are of the new mural.
What a beautiful day for HPD Thursday Futsal Today! Sunshine, cool afternoon breeze and three courts full of Hawthorne's youth playing the game they love. Adding to the fun was Hawthorne's own, LA Galaxy star, Gyasi Zardes. When ever Gyasi is available he comes out and spends a couple of hours teaching, playing, signing autographs, and posing for pictures with our kids. Thank you Hawthorne PD for this fine program. And a very special thanks to Sergeant Chris Cognac.
Today was a SPECIAL day at The Futsal courts. We were visited by the LA Galaxy Unified Special Olympics team, and just returned from winning the Gold Cup with the US team, Hawthorne's Gyasi Zardes. A great time was had by all who came out today and the Futsal games were amazing. Thanks to the LA Galaxy Unified Special Olympic team and their coaches. You are always welcome to join us on Thursdays.
Coaches Across Continents Nora D. came to the Futsal courts today and held a clinic for the Kids along with playing Futsal. It looked like the Kids had a great time, learned some new drills, and had some time to talk with Nora.
Today the kids playing Futsal ranged in age from 5 years old and up to 18 years.. The little kids teamed up with the bigger kids and the Futsal was beautiful. Everyone got to play three games on a beautiful warm afternoon. The older kids made sure that the little kids played just as much as they wanted. True leadership and sportsmanship !
HPD Futsal tournament to raise money to pay adoption fees for Pit Bulls and risk dogs and hard to adopt dogs at the high kill Saving Carson Shelter Dogs at the Carson Animal Shelter. Their goal is $1500.00 and so far the Go Fund Me Campaign has raised $1350.00. The Youth set up snacks, pizza, and drinks for sale and held a raffle for some great prizes donated by the LA Galaxy, Herbalife, and others. The entire day was produced and run by the teens who being mentored by Sgt. C. Cognac and Gyasi Zardes of the LA Galaxy. All the kids worked very hard and succeeded with a great tournament and fund raiser. Please enjoy the images.
The HPD Girls Power Project Ice Hockey Team played their first game ever this morning at the Toyota Skate Center in El Segundo, Ca. A large turn out of family and friends came out to see and CHEER on these young girls, some of whom never skated before joining the team, much less played organized hockey. Their coaches worked tirelessly teaching the girls to skate, and the rules of ice hockey so they were all ready for today's very first game!
Another beautiful Thursday afternoon in Hawthorne. The sun decided to come from behind the clouds and shine on about 50 of Hawthorne's youth playing their favorite game of Futsal. Sgt. Chris Cognac and LA Galaxy star player Gyasi Zardes, with the help of several of Sgt. Cognac's youth leaders ran today's program.