Youth Combine Receives $30,000 Grant
They're working to reduce childhood obesity and juvenile delinquency in Gainesville. And they're doing it by making kids stronger.
The fitness program targeting middle school students -- Youth Combine -- received a $30,000 grant from the Plum Creek Foundation. Plum Creek Timber is one of the largest land owner in Alachua County.
Youth Combine leaders say the grant will help the program expand over the next three years. Right now, fitness coaches meet at Westwood Middle School -- giving students an after school work out. Soon students in East Gainesville will have a second location at the Ark School of Fitness Gym.
"Located point seven miles from Howard Bishop and one point three miles from Lincoln Middle School, it's a great way to test and see if we can get kids to walk or ride their bike to this gym over the summer if we offer classes in their neighborhood," Matthew Howland (Executive Director) said.
Youth Combine leaders also are using the grant to extend the school year-long program to the summer. For more information on how to sign your child up, visit Youth Combine.
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