The Coach 5-0 program is a collaborative effort involving the Arlington Independent School District Athletic Department and the Arlington Police Department. Officers serve as mentors for high school student athletes. The goal is to help inspire success on the field and in life.
How it Started
The inspiration for Coach 5-0 came from the tragic death of a high school athlete. In January 2015, Carl Wilson worked out for athletic coaches at a college he was planning to attend. He was moving closer to his dream of becoming a professional football player and was determined to rise above his challenges and chart a better life for himself and infant son. On Jan. 12, 2015, dreams were shattered when this teen was shot during an altercation with a gang member. Following his death, Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson saw an opportunity. He approached his officers about setting aside time to mentor student athletes. The first Coach 5-0 session started in Sept. 2015 at a football game at Martin High School and has expanded to include other sporting activities at Arlington area high schools, including Mansfield Independent School District.
Officers as Mentors
On the sidelines and in locker rooms, Arlington police officers are available to help teens cope with the pressures associated with being a student athlete. Working with coaches, officers help to reinforce the messages of perseverance, discipline and teamwork. They encourage students to use their gifts and talents and help them discover interests and attain goals. Relationships are built on trust gained through frequent interaction and working together to solve problems when they occur. The supportive relationships formed between officers and student athletes are immediate and long-term.
For more information about the Coach 5-0 program, contact:
Deputy Chief Os Flores