"I never seen a police officer like him," says Nixon Rivera, 13. "He's nice. He cares about us."
Rivera is one of the many Latino youths that Al Cruz, an
officer with the Fairfax County Police Department, reaches through soccer. When off duty, Cruz coaches scores of at-risk youth in his Northern, Va., community.
Most of Cruz's players
couldn't afford the $65 suburban rec-league fees. So he started a league for them.