A youth soccer program in Seattle serving underprivileged children in the community ended its season abruptly last week following an act of vandalism that caused more than $100,000 worth of damages. A nearby homeless encampment and the threat of violence and crime has now caused the program to look for a new home all together. CEO of Valor Soccer Dean Aldridge told Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Jonathan Choe that the field at North Green River Park in King County, Washington was vandalized last week when a vehicle appeared to drive on the grass, ripping it up and costing more than $100,000 worth of damages. SQUATTERS, HOMELESS CAMPS RAVAGE NEIGHBORHOOD, LEAVING PAID CLEANERS PHYSICALLY ILL: REPORT "I don’t know who enjoys running a kids' soccer field," Aldridge said. The damage and cost was enough to cancel the following tournaments, which effectively meant the end of the season for Valor Soccer. "These fields serve our most economically challenged kids," Aldridge added. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Choe reported that the larger issue plaguing the non-profit program is a growing homeless encampment less than a 100 yards away. The King County Sheriff’s Office told Choe that 911 calls have increased over the past few months and included reports of drug overdoses, shootings and fires. Alridge said while he does not know who is to blame for the damage to the fields, the camp does present a crime and safety issue to the area. "Lawless individuals just know that this is just a free zone to do whatever you want to do," Aldridge added. "Come down here, shoot your guns, dump your garbage." He did, however, place the blame on King County Executive Dow Constantine and the policies in place. "I have not heard from Dow, I have not heard from his office," Aldridge told Choe. "If his kids were down here playing, or his grandchildren were down here playing, I’m sure it would be cleaned up." Constantine’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. Aldridge said the issues facing the soccer club have ultimately forced them to look for a new home. "We’re a non-profit. We don’t have the type of money to endure this, these kinds of losses."
25 Ekim 2023 - 20:00
Seattle youth soccer club ends season abruptly amid threats of vandalism, nearby homeless encampment
Seattle-area soccer club was forced to end its season abruptly after an act of vandalism caused more than $100,000 in damages. Now, a homeless encampment is forcing the program to relocate.
25 Ekim 2023 - 20:00