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The Guam Police Department and several of their community partners are teaming up to use sports to teach our island's youth to Fade Away from Violence.

It's a program scoring big with these kids. "Just don't get in trouble because there's no use for it what are you going to prove," said Untalan 8th grader Liberty. Mayson, in the 6th grade, said, "Stop doing drugs."

Dozens of students from various Guam Department of Education middle schools have been participating in a two-day program spearheaded by the Guam Police Department which uses sports as a tool to teach kids about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse and suicide prevention among many other issues.

"Kids can actually come here and learn and just really arm themselves with educational information that can actually help them as they grow in life," GPD spokesperson Sergeant Paul Tapao said.

 
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On hand were representatives from the Guam Behavioral and Wellness Center, the business community and volunteers from the Guam Men's National Volleyball Federation and Chuuk Hammer, of which some members are part of the Chuuk National Volleyball Team.

"The kids really understood about where the course of direction their life can go once they make the changes," Tapao added.

And so far the program seems to have spiked their attention.

"We learned that drug and alcohol is not the right path. There's more to it than just like depression and suicide because you don't want to go that road because it's not going to lead you anywhere,"  Liberty said.

Joenarden, another 8th grader from Untalan, said, "It's better to come together as one instead of hating on each other."

GPD plans to do more outreach programs like this in the future.

 

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