Russian athletes play soccer in Watts

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas joined the Watts/Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club to welcome 24 young Russian athletes to Los Angeles. The Russians, 10 boys, 10 girls and four coaches, visited Southern California to participate in a beach volleyball program. On July 15, they also took time out, however, for a fun day of soccer at Markham Middle School with the Watts/Willowbrook team. The Russian delegation was brought here as part of the Sports Envoy Program of the U.S. State Department, which was reciprocating a visit U.S. athletes made to Russia in 2012.