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Youth Briefs

May 06, 2010

Jog-a-thon held to buy LifeStraws

The La Cañada High School Red Cross, Key and Amnesty International clubs pooled their resources to host a jog-a-thon last month to raise money to buy LifeStraws, devices through which mud and dirty water can be filtered for safe drinking. The clubs hosted the event in hopes of buying the devices to send to impoverished people in Africa.

About 20 students elicited donations from sponsors and participated in the April 24 run.

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T-ball season begins at community center

After a week of delays due to the rain, the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge welcomed the T-ball season.

For some children, T-ball is their first experience with a team sport, and so coaches began with the basics of running bases, fielding and sportsmanship. From there, coaches will build up their team’s self confidence on the field until they can begin scrimmaging.

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The Community Center’s T-ball program runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. and has more than 60 children playing T-ball on five teams. Also, they’ve recruited 18 volunteer coaches from all over La Cañada from ages 13 to 18 (and a few adults). Coaches were required to participate in two coaching clinics run by Assist Athletics’ Andy Chidester, where they learned about safety, skills and ways to make T-ball fun for kids with differing temperaments.

Also, for the first time, there is an all-girls’ team, the Red Ladybugs, coached by Estrella Sainburg, Haley Herkert and Katherine Ring.


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