‘Jump for Justice’ event gives positive outlet for youths

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The event is a jump rope competition for the youth at the DYA correctional facility with the mission to promote fun and healthy exercise that builds positive changes in the body and mind. (PNC photo by Julianne Hernandez)

The District Court of Guam, Judiciary of Guam, and Guam Bar Association held their third annual “Jump for Justice” event at the Department of Youth Affairs to celebrate Law Month.

Partnering with Custom Fitness Guam, the event is a jump rope competition for the youth at the DYA correctional facility with the mission to promote fun and healthy exercise that builds positive changes in the body and mind.

District Court Judge Michael Bordallo says that the event also promotes to the youth, especially those in DYA, encouragement and an opportunity to change.

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“Well, number 1, it gets them around people who are a part of society and it gives them a guidance and a role model. When you see the Claros brothers, you see a healthy lifestyle alternate to an unhealthy lifestyle. You meet probation officers, lawyers, social workers, all of them combined to teach the kids there are good things in life and aim to achieve that,” Bordallo said.

DYA Deputy Director Krisinda Aguon and one half of the Claros Brothers, CFG head coach Paul Claros, hope this event as well as their other positive outlets will help the youth to continue.

“Once they’re out, they do participate in our youth centers. Those youth centers are an outlet for them to come in and to keep them going, to keep things positive for them and our social workers. And our community programs assist them in their skills and skills building,” Aguon said.

Claros said: “Once they buy into the mindset, I think it helps them with a little discipline, a little skillset, it brings a little bit more, like you said, be a little bit more positive. They kind of set goals and keep their mind preoccupied with a lot of stuff instead of getting into trouble and things like that.”

He added: “Last year, I saw one or two kids at Payless and they came up to me and said ‘hey, coach how’s everything?’ And at first I was like, what’s going on? And they said, ‘do you remember us from Jump for Justice?’ I was like, oh wow! So yes, I’ve received some positive feedback and just from the feedback that we’re getting from everyone, it’s pretty good.”

During the event, dignitaries, judicial officers, and Guam Bar Association members demonstrated warm-up methods and jumps with the participants.

All jump ropes were donated to DYA at the end of the event.

Competitors competed based on who can jump the longest consecutive times in a set timeframe. First, second, third place, and honorable mention winners were awarded with medals and cash prizes.

All jump ropes were donated to DYA at the end of the event and KFC Guam donated lunch boxes for the youth participants following the competition.

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