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Username: Spidergirl

Post Number: 181
Registered: 12-2004
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At a time when budget cuts are forcing the City of Detroit to close rec centers and cut recreation programs for young people, two local pinch-hitters in the world of youth sports -- Think Detroit and the Police Athletic League -- have merged, creating a new agency that serves 13,000 children.

Among the agency's goals is to expand fund-raising and increase the $2.5-million budget to $3 million; train the agency's 1,500 volunteer adult coaches in a new curriculum that uses sports to help young people build character, and find a permanent home that could serve as a flagship recreation facility.

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs .dll/article?AID=/20060330/NEW S01/603300568
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Username: Urban_shocker

Post Number: 263
Registered: 12-2003
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In my experience, Think Detroit really is a first-rate organization. The hoops leagues were already merged this winter and they were well-run. Baseball, with more organizational challenges, will be interesting this summer.

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