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Economy squeezing sports at park

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Numbers of team sponsors, kids who can afford to pay fees are dwindling

By Walt Reichert

Companies and individuals tightening their belts to deal with tough economic times are putting the squeeze on the athletic programs at Clear Creek Park.

Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Recreation Director Clay Cottongim said fewer individuals and businesses are stepping up to the plate this year to help youth soccer, baseball, basketball and football programs. The park, for example has signups for 40 soccer teams but sponsors for only 14 of them. Youth basketball had 45 teams this winter, and seven of those teams were without sponsors.


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