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Scholarships help keep kids in programs

February 4, 2013
Mike Hofer - Mirror Moms , Mirror Moms

On Feb. 23, the Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission, in cooperation with the Booker T. Washington Revitalization Corporation, will host the Fourth Annual Community Classic Dinner and Auction at the Bavarian Hall in Altoona.

Proceeds from the event will be used for the new BTW Corporations playground project at Prospect Park and continued development of the Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission's Scholarship Fund.

The event provides an opportunity for the community to promote recreation and parks for the youth right here in Central Blair County.

This year, we will be honoring the Sheetz Family with the 2013 Respected Citizen Award, and the guest speaker will be the 2000 Olympic gold medal winner in Greco-Roman wrestling, Rulon Gardner.

Since the development of the Commission's Scholarship Fund in 2010, more than 1,000 children have been helped and more than $31,000 has been raised for the fund.

The main purpose of the fund is provide the opportunity for participation in many Commission-run activities or programs regardless of the families financial situation. Activities include basketball, volleyball, flag football, cheerleading, baton, martial arts, soccer and tee-ball.

The continued development of this scholarship fund creates these opportunities for many children who simply just want to participate.

Creating a positive experience through recreation and parks is extremely important for the development of our youth. The strong influences that coaches and instructors have on today's families can create a life changing experience for all involved.

Keeping our children enrolled in positive programs and activities will help develop a better experience now and in the future.

I ask for your support of this scholarship fund through the dinner and auction event, or to make a donation to the fund.

If you would like more information, please visit our website at

Mike Hofer is the director of the Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission. Send questions to Put "Winning Isn't Everything" in the subject line.



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