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Snoop Dogg to Rush Youth Football League to Chicago

Chicago's the first city outside California to get teams



    Snoop Dogg to Rush Youth Football League to Chicago
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    LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 16: Rap music artist Snoop Dogg (C) greets members of the University of Southern California football team while filming the mtvU show "Stand In" on November 16, 2004 at the USC campus in Los Angeles, California. At left is USC head coach Pete Carroll. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images for MTV)

    Snoop Dogg is throwing a long pass from L.A. to Chicago, fo' shizzle.

    The West Coast rapper is expanding his youth football league based in Los Angeles to the Windy City. The Snoop Youth Football League will hold a free football clinic Friday for hundreds of 8- to 14-year-old boys who live in Chicago Housing Authoritythe Sun-Times reports.

    Chicago is the first city outside the Golden State to get its own league. Teams will hit the field starting next year.

    Snoop Dogg, a former high school quarterback, started the program in 2005 with a $1 million investment. He's coached his son's youth and high school football teams. 

    Snoop, his league commissioner, team coach and former Chicago Bears players will attend the clinic.

    "This allows them to see the artist giving back to the community," said Crystal Brown Black, executive director of Windows of Opportunity, the CHA's nonprofit affiliate. "Their ability to go onto a field and learn techniques in football is kind of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."