As volunteer medical director for the Snoop Youth Football League (SYFL), neurosurgeon Ali Mesiwala, MD, serves a community organization focused on giving children from the ages of 5 to 13 the extra support they need to thrive in an inner-city neighborhood. The league, a project of Long Beach, California-born rap star Snoop Dogg, is now more than a decade old. Thanks to Ali Mesiwala, MD, and other volunteers, the organization helps at-risk young people develop vital character traits such as teamwork, resilience, and self-determination, while having fun and staying fit.
The several Los Angeles-area SYFL teams include those in Pomona, Compton, Crenshaw, and Long Beach. Other teams in the state play in Northern California communities like Stockton and Richmond.
The league hosts regular-season play throughout the state, with affordable seating for fans at only a few dollars per guest. At the close of 2015, announcements went out for a new national championship program.
Recent events sponsored by the league or its teams include free spring and summer camp sessions, as well as camps for learning cheerleading. Family fun days often tie in with camp, as in a summer 2016 event for the Pomona-based Diamond Valley Steelers.