On April 5th, 2019, Eric and David Groos were recognized by Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) as “Constituents of the Month” for their founding of and work through Great Opportunities. The following was read into the Congressional Record:
Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize Eric and David Groos, two constituents from San Juan Capistrano, as my Constituents of the Month for April.
Each month, I recognize constituents who have gone above and beyond to help their neighbors, give back to their community, and make the country stronger. As co-founders of a non-profit that provides under-served and at-risk youth with outdoor recreational activities, there is no question that Eric and David are deserving of this recognition.
The brothers’ non-profit, Great Opportunities, has served over 3000 young people in my district, mainly coming from San Juan Capistrano’s geographically identified gang induction zones where kids are most at-risk of being drawn toward gang activity. Organizations like theirs play a critical role in generating opportunity in socioeconomically disadvantaged communities, and I am extremely grateful for the services they provide.
Eric and David provide kids in my district with more than just recreational activities – they are providing experiences that will help kids develop leadership and problem-solving skills, which will serve them well throughout their lives. I believe we must do more at the local, state, and federal to support organizations like theirs that provide under-served youth with the skills they need to succeed in life, and that will continue to be one of my priorities.
I am proud to recognize Eric and David as my constituents of the month for April, and I am deeply grateful for everything they do to give back to our community.
Congratulations to Eric and David for being recognized for the great work they do for their community through Great Opportunities. If you’d like to help them continue to provide Great Opportunities to the children they serve, contact Great Opportunities and see how you can volunteer or DONATE to continue its service to the community.