The Imperial County Sheriff's Activities League recently took a number of Imperial Valley kids to a San Diego Padres' game, giving them an opportunity to get out of the Valley for a few hours, enjoy cooler weather and just have a good time.
We'd like to credit the SAL and all law enforcement agencies with such activities leagues because they are providing an important service, in particular during the summer months, when kids find themselves with much more free time on their hands. SAL organizers have said this summer they are planning to take kids to places such as Huntington Beach and Magic Mountain.
The fact that the agency would commit to such outings is important for young people because it gives them something to look forward to, and not all young people in the Valley have chances on their own to visit areas outside the Valley. They need such programs to give them a sense of what is beyond the desert Southwest. When they can see beyond the desert, they can have a hope that whatever dreams they may have can become a reality.