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Federal funding cuts leave youth program in jeopardy

April 10, 2006

Albany - It will take at least $50,000 to save a summer youth sports programs that's served Albany kids for thirty years. This year, the federal government cut funding for all but 56 of the nation's 200 National Youth Sports Programs. That includes the program held at Albany State. Organizers are now scrambling to find money to continue the program come May 30th.

Monday, organizers asked Dougherty County commissioners to put up $10,000. But the commission has a policy not to give money to non-profits. So they're looking into spending confiscated drug money, since the summer program also offers drug-free education to students.

"It has to be involved in certain things such as drug awareness and drug prevention, keeping these kids off the streets and in a very strong, spiritual environment," said County Commissioner Chairman Jeff Sinyard.

Albany State has promised to donate at least $12,000. The City of Albany agreed to give $10,000, and Mount Zion Baptist Church put up $7,500. Even if all that money comes through, NYSP would still have to cut back on the number of kids who can attend.

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