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Rec Roundup: Porter County Boys & Girls Club get gifts of their own

Updated: January 27, 2014 12:52PM



Sports and recreation opportunities continue through the Christmas season while one local organization celebrates gifts that will benefit youths year round.

When a visitor purchases a hot dog or a sports drink from a volunteer at a Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County concession stand this winter, they will be served by a club member of the Money Matters program. The educational initiative for teens has been made possible by a grant from BMO Harris bank.

Participants in “Money Matters” receive financial management instruction in fiscal concerns such as balancing a checkbook, creating a budget, and learning how to save and invest for college and retirement. To gain small business management skills, the youths will work on the frontline of customer service operating Teen Enterprise concession stands at club gyms during athletic leagues.

When the league season ends, members receive proceeds earned from sales based on how many hours they worked.

“I learned how to handle money,” said Valparaiso Club member Josef Ivory. “Being in Teen Enterprise really helped with my math skills, too.”

Porter County Clubs will also benefit from funds pumped in by a Midwest-based industry. Officials from Precision Pipeline, headquartered in Wisconsin, recently contributed $5,000 to the organization.

Mike Hampton of Precision Pipeline had toured the BGC South Haven unit and was impressed with their healthy lifestyles offerings. The club’s cooking class — where members create and enjoy healthy meals and snacks — moved Hampton to return and present the check.

The company’s contribution will allow for the purchase of iPads and support the Club’s healthy lifestyle programs.

“We are so grateful for this tremendous gift,” said Ron Ranta, South Haven unit director. “Because of people like Mike Hampton and companies like Precision Pipeline, our kids have access to what they need to succeed.”

For more details about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County, call 464-7282 or visit www.bgcpoco.org.

Golf passes available: Valparaiso Department of Parks and Recreation continues with sales of 2014 golf season passes at a guaranteed 2013 rate for those that purchase by Jan. 18.

The passes are available for residents and non-residents and are good for play at both city golf courses. Available pass types are: individuals, couples, seniors (60 and older), senior couples, students (valid college ID) and juniors (18 and younger).

For more information or to purchase a pass, call 531-7888 or 462-5144, or visit Creekside Golf Course (2355 Clifford Road) or the Valparaiso Parks Office (3210 Campbell St.)

Youth wrestling sign-ups: The Duneland Wrestling Club will host sign-ups and their first practices on Jan. 6 and 9 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. outside at the Chesterton High School wrestling room (entrance 34).

The club is open to any child in the Duneland School district in grades K to 8. This season runs through March and includes at least two practices per week as well as weekend tournaments. Tentative practice times for grades K-5 are 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; students in grades 6 to 8 will immediately follow with an hour-and-a-half session.

Fees are $100 per club participant with discounts for multiple siblings. Grapplers must also purchase a $35 USA wrestling card.

For more details or to purchase a wrestle card, visit www.dunelandwrestlingclub.org or www.iswa.com/register.



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