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Three New Grants Support Saxman's Kids
Children in Saxman enjoy new sports equipment


June 10, 2010
Thursday AM

Saxman, Alaska - Children using Saxman's Community Center are now enjoying brand new sports equipment and lockers, thanks to grant funding provided by a combination of three grantmakers: The Reuben E. Crossett Fund, the Charlotte Martin Foundation, and American Seafoods.

Funds have been used to purchase a wide assortment of balls, a volleyball net system with judge's stand, soccer goals, climbing boards, jump ropes, ball racks, new lockers, and more. Additional items will be purchased within the coming months.

"Don't let your kids tell you there's nothing to do in Saxman anymore." suggested Jason Custer, grant writer for the City of Saxman. "Take them to the Saxman Community Center!"

In 1999, Saxman's old community hall collapsed during a winter storm. The community spent over 10 years constructing a new Community Center facility, but did not have adequate funds remaining for purchase of equipment and furnishings.

The new equipment is available for use by youth and children participating in sports activities at the Saxman Community Center , and during "open gym" times. Quoting a news release, Saxman community members are both thankful and excited about the new opportunities created through this generous assistance.

"The funding we received to provide sports equipment for youth in our community is giving them opportunities to learn, grown, and have a safe place to for activities and sports," said Sharyl Yeisley, the facility's manager.

Saxman is a city on Revilla Island in Ketchikan Gateway Borough in southeastern Alaska. The city of Ketchikan is a close neighbor, just to Saxman's northwest approximately two miles.


Source of News:

City of Saxman
Saxman Community Center



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