May 25, 2012
Boca Raton, FL - Florida Atlantic University's athletic department and the Broward Sheriff's Office strengthened their partnership today with the BSO's purchase of FAU football season tickets.
FAU Athletics is starting an "Owls on Patrol" mentoring program for Deerfield Beach youth with the help of the BSO. FAU football players will ride along with BSO deputies allowing the officers to not only mentor the youth but also the student-athletes at FAU.
The rain that has plagued Boca Raton took a day off allowing the Broward County sheriffs to bring students to the FAU Stadium to meet players, coaches, and go on the field.
When the students and sheriffs got to the stadium they were greeted my FAU football players Demetrius Williamson, DeAndre Williams, Hakeeme Ishmar, and Linebacker Coach Jovan Dwitt. The four took the group into the locker room where they talked about the challenges of being a student-athlete with an emphasis on grades.
Another goal of the "Owl on Patrol" program is to try and motivate the kids to pursue academics past the high school level by showing them FAU, and it has worked on James Baldwin. "I would not have thought of FAU. This is a place I want to spend four years at." The program has a different effect on Walter Townsen, "It keeps me out of the house. Normally I would walk home from school alone, eat, and then go to bed." For most of the kids in this program going to a FAU football game will be the first time they will get to watch competitive football live.
"This is a great partnership," District Chief of the Deerfield Beach District Sheriff's Department Pete Sudler said at the stadium. The "Owls on Patrol" is not the BSO's first program as they use to run one similar at the University of Miami called "Canes on Patrol".
The FAU Stadium is entering its second season as the home of the football team and is the programs first football stadium ever built on campus.
The Owls begin their season on August 31st when they host Wagner.