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Goal for the Community brings Latinos and law enforcement for a game of soccer

Posted: 3:58 PM, Aug 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-11 20:10:27-04

BOISE, Idaho — Goal for the Community helps bridge the gap between law enforcement and the Hispanic community in the Treasure Valley through the world's most popular game.

This is the fifth year that they have played a soccer match to improve relations.

This year, it came at a perfect time.

The Hispanic community is reeling after the tragic shooting in El Paso where Latinos were targeted; 22 people died and dozens more were injured.

"I can tell you that I did field some concerned calls from the community, there were some fears," said Ben Moreno, Spanish Liaison with the Boise Police Department.

So they played the beautiful game that takes teamwork to score goals on the field while at the same time coming up with a goal to make the Treasure Valley a safe place for everyone.

"It's a game that we have to promote the community with the police department that shows we are working together," said Rene Mejia of the Boise Consulate of Mexico.