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Compton lowers fees for youth participation in organized sports

Councilman leads charge to aid financially-strapped families COMPTON (MNS)---In a city where street mayhem is an all too common theme, one councilman's simple chess move to counteract the grime, over time will save lives. Councilmember Isaac

Councilman leads charge to aid financially-strapped families

COMPTON (MNS)—In a city where street mayhem is an all too common theme, one councilman’s simple chess move to counteract the grime, over time will save lives. Councilmember Isaac Galvan has been striving since 2013 to reduce cost as a barrier to local youth participation in sports.

Galvan called on his colleagues in the City Council to support his “No Child Left Out” resolution to reduce organized sports fees in the city from $40 to $10 a sport. The item, which failed 4-1 in 2013 when the councilman first introduced it, passed by a vote of 5-0 in council, July 21.

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The “No Child Left Out” resolution reduces organized sports fees to $10 a sport. If a child can’t afford to pay the new reduced price that child will be able to play and participate in the organized sports programs absolutely free. Photo: parks.lacounty.gov

“The best part of this resolution is that if a child cannot afford to pay the new reduced price for whatever reason, then that child will be able to play and participate in our organized sports programs absolutely free,” Galvan said.

Statistics prove that youth participation in organized sports reduces idleness and the probability of involvement with street gangs.

“I’m extremely happy that the entire council was finally able to pass it. Being raised by a single mother [as] one of five children, I know firsthand how tough it is for families on a fixed income to be able to have multiple kids play organized sports.

Galvan explained that many families in Compton have to make a choice between their children playing organized sports or paying the electric bill.

“I’m glad that now in Compton this will no longer be a scenario that our hardworking families have to deal with,” he said. “I believe this initiative is not only going to help more kids stay off the streets, but also help us reduce crime, reduce gang violence, help us fight obesity, help our kids learn how to work as a team, and most of all help our kids build lifelong friendships with kids they meet playing sports.”

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