Pete Carroll A Man Of His Word

By Tara Wallis-Finestone
|  Saturday, May 29, 2010  |  Updated 6:41 AM PDT
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Pete Carroll dedicates New skatepark in South Los Angeles

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He's back. Well, he never really left. And that's a good thing for children in South Los Angeles.

Former USC head football coach Pete Carroll has given kids in the area a new place to hangout and keep out of trouble, a sign that he remains committed to helping make South Los Angeles a better, safer place to live and work.

Carroll left USC earlier this year to become the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. At the time, many had wondered if he would continue his work with his non-profit foundation "A Better LA."

On Friday afternoon, he proved that he is a man of his word.

“Our foundation for “A Better LA” is stronger than ever,” said Carroll. “We are strong because of our alliances with community based organizations here.”

Carroll, along with Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, helped dedicate a new multi-use sports court at the Lennox Sheriff's Station's Youth Center.

It's called the "Win Forever Court." Children will be able to play basketball, volleyball and soccer, as well as skateboard at a refurbished skate park.

“For the kids in the neighborhood it gives them a place to go and gets them off the streets,” said Carroll. “It’s an environment that is safe and controlled, but one that will be really, really exciting.”

Carroll didn't do it alone. He partnered with the L.A. County Sheriff's Department's Youth Foundation, the LA 84 Foundation, and Nike to make it happen.

The "Win Forever" philosophy is pure Carroll. Not only is it the driving force behind his organization "A Better LA," it's also the title of his first book that's due out in July.

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