Gadsden Gets Grant Money For Youth

By: Andy Alcock
By: Andy Alcock

Several hundred youth will have the opportunity to participate in a sports camp, thanks to a new grant.

Florida's Department of Juvenile Justice gave more than $168,000 in grant money to Gadsden County.

Sheriff Morris Young says about 40 young people have been able to go to camp in each of the last three years.

The new grant will mean up to 400 youth will be able to attend.

"We're trying to partner with everybody in the county who's dealing with youth to keep them out of trouble because the more we can do for them on this side, I don't have to see them on the other side," said Sheriff Young.

"I think it's great for our kids," said East Gadsden High School Principal Kimball Thomas. "Certainly we have to commend Sheriff Young and Superintendent James for their collaborative efforts and having the kids actively involved," he said.

The camps are taking place at five locations, including East Gadsden High School.

Thomas showed off his jump shot with a swish while some of his students watched.

Part of the grant money will also go towards a new youth center expected to open in about the next year.

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