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Apr 5, 2010 7:06 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

USOC grant will fund youth sports programs

The US Olympic Committee is coming to the rescue of cash-strapped Colorado Springs. The USOC gave the city a $250,000 grant that will fund youth sport and recreation programs.The grant will provide $125,000 each year for two years and will provide funding for a variety of youth recreation and sports programs.

Programs that will benefit from the 2010 donation from the USOC include:

 

  • Boxing Program for youth (8 - 21 years) in cooperation with USA Boxing
  • Jump City Basketball Program for youth (8 - 16 years)
  • Learn-to-Swim Program for youth (5 - 13 years), in cooperation with USA Swimming, the Downtown YMCA and Community Centers
  • Paralympic Sport Colorado Springs for youth with physical disabilities and injured soldiers in cooperation with U.S. Paralympics
  • Summer Camps at Deerfield Hills, Hillside and Meadows Park Community Centers for first through sixth graders
  • Youth Sports: In-line Hockey for youth (6 - 18 years)
  • Youth Sports: Judo at the Olympic Training Complex for youth (5 - 17 years)
  • Young Stars Program: six-week summertime camp for youth (6 - 13 years) to experience an array of sports, games and field trips

"We are thrilled with this generous grant that will allow us to continue to reach out to our youth through sports and other activities," said Mayor Lionel Rivera. "We are grateful to the USOC and the participating NGBs and know this is just the start of a long and fruitful partnership that will benefit the local community for decades to come."

Participating governing boards include: USA Archery, USA Basketball, USA Hockey, USA Judo, USA Swimming, USA Table Tennis, USA Triathlon and US Figure Skating.

 

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