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July 8, 2009 > Day laborers challenge city officials

Day laborers challenge city officials

Submitted By Gabriel Hernandez

To celebrate the Hayward Day Labor Center's second anniversary, HDLC workers and staff have challenged the long-standing basketball team, the "Chilones" (Hot Stuff), to a game of indoor soccer and basketball. The Chilones Team has played together for years and includes prominent Hayward City officials including Mayor Mike Sweeney, Councilmember Francisco Zermeno and former City Manager Jorge Armas who was instrumental in establishing the HDLC.

"They are taller than us, but they say, 'the taller they are, the harder they fall'," says Henry Coromaco, pointing out the difference in size between his teammates and the Chilones team members. Mr. Coromaco, a day laborer and volunteer coordinator for the Soccer Program at the HDLC, will be playing for the HDLC's team, the "Chiquilines" (Little Ones).

The HDLC is asking for a $5 donation per ticket to attend the event. The money will help fund HDLC programs, including the health, garden and job development programs. The soccer program, partially funded by a grant from Kaiser Permanente, is just one of many HDLC programs that bring workers together to promote and educate them about healthy living and help them to find safe, reliable work.

Day Labor Center Anniversary Celebration
Basketball and Indoor Soccer Game
Saturday, July 11
1 p.m.
Matt Jimenez Community Center
28200 Ruus Road, Hayward

$5 per ticket

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