Investing in youth sports?

We’ve seen the last twenty years of failure by local governments investments in private corporations. We’ve also seen a rise in gangs, drop out rates, crime.

Why? Because the City of Dayton stopped investing in the youth- and youth sports programs. We’ve cut our parks and rec’s program to bare bones. Look at Kettering- a BMX track, Delco park with it’s multitude of soccer fields- the Rob Dyrdek designed skate park. Dayton has amulti-million dollar fountain that misfires.

Greg Hunter and David Esrati talk about youth sports in todays Dayton Grassroots Daily Show v34

Let’s start investing in people- not corporations if we want to move Dayton forward again. Strong neighborhoods, strong youth programs, strong place to do business.

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3 Responses

  1. Drexel Dave Sparks December 28, 2009 / 9:25 am
    Take back a couple of those 100k donations to private companies and you could employee a park superintendent to work at each city park (the larger ones) from noon to 8 p.m. during the summer hours. You could fill these spots with DPS employees who are off during the summer time. They would not only help keep the parks mowed and clean and stay on top of things like graffiti, but would serve as a visible public face to the community (which would be a detractor to anyone wanting to use the parks as a drinking or drugging station).
  2. Greg Hunter December 28, 2009 / 4:39 pm
    I agree with your suggestion.

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