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Budget cuts jeopardize summer youth program

March 20, 2006

Albany - A summer program, that hundreds of Albany kids enjoy in each year, is in jeopardy after federal budget cuts.

For 30 years, children ages 10 to 17 year-old have taken part in the National Youth Sports Program at Albany State University. The five week program offers athletics, academic help and character building for students.

But the federal government is cutting millions of dollars used to pay for 211 of the programs nationwide, including the one in Albany. Monday, coach Jesse Massey asked Dougherty County commissioners to send a letter to federal lawmakers encouraging them to help keep the program going.

"My fear is basically that these kids won't have a go-to place," said Jesse Massey, NYSP. "The parents will have a lot of problems finding things for their children to do because so many other boy's and girl's clubs will already be filled to capacity."

Massey says the program costs about $60,000 to run each summer. He feels if they can find funding, the USDA will continue to feed the students.

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