Nighthawks Join Omaha's War on Crime
Thursday, July 22, 2010

Omaha, NE - Omaha's new football team has an off-the-field plan to help kids. The Nighthawks are the newest player in Omaha's war on crime. Team members say they will work to mentor children at the Salvation Army's Kroc Center. That center is also the same place the team will use for its training facility.

Ahman Green and his teammates say they are looking forward to the chance to connect with young adults.

"That's been my main goal ever since I can remember," says Green, "I mean when I was at Omaha North and Omaha Central playing football and running track and power lifting. When I watched ESPN and my favorite athlete do their thing, I wanted to be that for my community as well."

The Kroc Center is a place where many kids from the community come to learn, play and participate in camps. The Salvation Army hopes having the Nighthawks around will transform children's lives.

"We've seen over and over again, in the news on a daily basis the detrimental effects that occur when young people don't have positive adult role models in their own lives," says Paul Davis with the Salvation Army. "We really see how this is going to be a way to impact their lives and they will impact their friends their families and this is a way to really transform not only the entire south side of Omaha, but the entire community."

Most of the contact between the players and young people will happen during Kroc Center summer camps and other mentoring programs.

Reported by Devon Patton,

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