Football practice at Raby begins with ‘lock-in’ to focus, escape violence
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“As everybody knows, we’re right here in the heart of Garfield Park,” Dereef said. “It is known for a lot of violence, a lot of shootings and a lot of children getting killed.”
This Raby tradition began four years ago. Dereef wanted to take his kids away to camp, similar to what he had experienced growing up as a high school football player in South Carolina. Dereef says the experience of going away is invaluable because it allows the players to dream outside of Chicago, outside of the the West Side.
Going out of town isn’t in Raby’s budget, so Dereef decided to bring the camp to his kids.
It started as a three-day experience and is now an entire week. After getting permission from their guardians, the team walked into Raby on the morning of the first practice of the season. They turned over their phones and set up camp.
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