Just by showing up, athletes can get youth to participate. We all know how big a role athletes play in young peoples lives and that young people copy what they see athletes doing.
Why we are planting gardens
We chose gardens because everyone needs to eat to grow. There is a lack of access to fresh vegetables and fruit in many neighborhoods we athletes comes from. Working with the youth gives us a chance to show them how to do something to make their own lives better. We teach them self-reliance.
Gardening requires patience and follow-through, two valuable traits. Community gardens are one way that residents have mobilized to beautify urban neighborhoods, improve access to fresh produce, and engage youth.
Qualitative case studies were conducted of two neighborhood-based community gardens with youth programs. Data collection included participant observation and in-depth interviews with adult gardeners and neighbors, youth, and community police officers.