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Youth program gets cash for sports gear

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A local resource centre is in line for a cash boost to help bolster its sports programming for youth.


Premier Greg Selinger, along with Minister of Children and Youth Opportunities Kevin Chief, recently announced the Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre (51 Morrow Ave.) will receive $1,980 through the provincial Sports Opportunities Program for its youth drop-in program to buy equipment for basketball, volleyball, soccer and badminton.


In a news release, Chief said the grant is an investment in after-school programming for youth as part of a wider crime prevention strategy based, in part, on consultations held throughout the province last spring.


"Manitobans told us that we need to give our youth healthy, positive options for the critical after-school period," said the Point Douglas MLA, noting the grant is "an investment in sports and recreation programs that will contribute positive development and will also make our communities safer and healthier."


Maj. Wayne Bungay, divisional commander of the Salvation Army’s prairie division, added: "While this money might not seem like much, it will go a long way in helping organizations give kids in our community the opportunity to develop teamwork and become more physically active."

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