SALEM KIDS

Young coach a role model for Salem players

Anthony Valdez, 20, has been coaching kids at the YMCA since he was a kid himself. His calm, supportive style makes him a favorite among players and parents, and he hopes to channel his passion into a program for keeping Salem youth out of the prison system.

FROM CC:M | Protecting Salem’s children with Vanessa Nordyke

Standing in front of Salem’s YMCA on a blustery April morning, one might not notice anything outside of the ordinary. But rows of blocked-off parking, police escorts and a bin full of blue pinwheels blowing in the wind reveal something deeper is going on in Marion County.  Community partners work[Read More…]