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Dougherty County Commissioners during Monday's meeting Dougherty County Commissioners during Monday's meeting
Robert Skinner, NYSP Director Robert Skinner, NYSP Director
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A summer program for kids won't get any money from Dougherty County this year.

Monday, County Commissioners denied a request for $15,000 for the National Youth Sports Program. The city also denied a request from the group. The money would have been used to pay for drug abuse education, reading and math tutoring, and physical activities for 9 to 15 year olds.

Last year's lack of funding led organizers to charge parents for the first time in its 38 year history.

"Next year we'll pursue it once again. But this is not going to stop our mission," said Robert Skinner, NYSP Director. "This is not going to allow us not to have the National Youth Sports Program. There are other Avenues that we must tap into in order to receive the funding."

Skinner said the program will not charge parents this year. The program will cut back from 5 weeks to four and likely limit enrollment to less than 350.

Registration is June 1st, and the camp begins on June 3rd.

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