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JRW shines spotlight on getting kids, parents involved in youth sports

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Jackie Robinson West continues to wow millions and bring pride to the City of Chicago.

Not only is the team bringing the community together, but it's shining the spotlight on all youth sports to get kids and parents involved, as well as keep our children off of the streets.

“The parents, the volunteers, everybody, the players, they are the coolest little group of guys I've ever been around in my life,” Coach Darold Butler said.

After coming home as champions, Coach Butler said Jackie Robinson West couldn't have done it without the entire community coming together and supporting the team.

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And with baseball season behind us and football starting up, a coach from the Chicago youth football league said JRW is inspiring kids all over the country to get involved in sports.

“As I'm watching this team, I'm thinking this is great. This is great for youth sports, this is great for baseball, but it's also going to translate into football, into basketball, into hockey and into these other sports. I thought, I believe and I hope,” said Coach Adam Campbell.

But leagues and teams need family involvement, volunteers and money.

"They're run by parents. The parents are responsible for getting money and putting together that they have equipment and good coaching, and water and hot dogs after the game, and all of that parents do. They've kind of brought that to the forefront to national attention," Campbell said.

"Money is everything. We run this on a shoe string, we make enough money every year to do what we do, but you can always use more money," he added.

Jackie Robinson West's story is bringing attention to the lack in funds that go into these leagues -- leagues that keep our kids off the streets and out of trouble.

“You get into sports, you get involved in sports, move into sports into high school, and you aren't going to have those problems. Now, sometimes problems find you. But the odds are if you're not with idle hands, you're not going to have a problem,” Campbell said.

He also said this Jackie Robinson West team has been an inspiration to kids, but he hopes that this positivity translates from youths into high school -- to keep teens busy in school and sports, and out of trouble.

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