Norfolk sports club requires proactive approach to ‘stranger danger’


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — When you have more than 100 kids out on an open field, the head of an after school sports club says everyone must play their part to keep everyone safe. 

The Norfolk Olympia Lions Club brings students ages 5-16 together several times a week to play everything from soccer to cheerleading. Director Tamara Villalobos-Flores said since she started the group in 2012, safety has been critical. 

“At no point in time should any of our children be in contact with anyone they’re not familiar with,” Flores said. “If there is an unfamiliar face, we ask who they are. Even if they are uncomfortable or we are uncomfortable.”

In light of the attempted abduction of a 10-year-old this week in Hampton and reports of a man luring children with candy in Norfolk, Flores said she will certainly be reiterating the required rules to her participants. 

“If you see an unfamiliar face, stay away. If that person is trying to talk to you, lure you, you don’t talk to them. If they are offering you anything you cannot accept it,” Flores said.

Flores said being mindful of “stranger danger” is key. 

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