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June 5, 2007

Albany - A popular summer program for kids no longer gets federal money, so leaders are reaching out for help.

Each summer at Albany State hosts the National Youth Sports Program for more than 300 kids. They take part in sports and educational activities. This year, they asked the city for help.

Jesse Massey was one of the first kids enrolled in the program when it started 32 years ago. Now, he's coaching. Massey says he knows that keeping kids involved keeps them out of trouble. "Over the past couple of weeks," said Massey, "we've seen what can happen to children when they are left alone and not supervised. These kids are supervised. We have over 350 here today."  

The program is free to kids. Albany State and the city manager have both allotted $15,000 for the program and the Chamber of Commerce gave $4,000. It takes about $60,000 to fund the program for an entire summer.

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