I read recently about how a particularly violent area in LA has set up it's first all-American side to tour Australia. Ok, so what?
Well, these cricketers are former gangsters, homeless men and street kids. Cricket has literally turned their lives around. In fact, it was so successful that they've even lost teamates because they literally left their old lives behind and moved away from the area.
Why not get your community (and it doesn't have to be violent) to come together through sport? You will:
- get to meet your neighbours
- give everyone something to do (let's not assume it's just young people hanging around with nothing to do)
- meet someone that you wouldn't normally.
And let's not forget, it'll be fun (but only if it's not raining).
The best thing is, you don't need an organisation to set it up - just a few willing volunteers to get it started.