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Buckeye Youth Scholarship Program Provides Healthy Recreational Activities for Children

Buckeye Youth Scholarship Program Provides Healthy Recreational Activities for Children


Jennifer Orozco’s life is crazy on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturday’s.  And she says that’s a good thing.

You see, Mrs. Orozco’s three children are active in Buckeye’s youth recreational activities, thanks to the reduced registration fees for those programs made possible by the city’s Youth Scholarship Program.

The proceeds from this year’s Buckeye Marathon presented by Pulte Homes on Saturday, Dec. 10, will again go entirely to the scholarship program, which helps to pay registration fees for Buckeye children whose families’ incomes cannot provide funds for those activities.

Ten-year-old Lily Orozco plays fast-pitch softball; her seven-year-old brother, Elijah, is in soccer, and six-year-old Julian is in coach-pitched baseball.  That makes Mrs. Orozco’s life somewhat hectic running her children to practices and game days, but she’s thankful for the scholarship program’s subsidies.

The family’s income dropped this year while she’s enrolled in a master’s degree program, with a goal of becoming a school psychologist.  “We wouldn’t have been able to have our kids in sports this year, but the people at the Recreation Center told us that we qualified” for a minimum registration fee, she said.

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Those sports activities are very important to Orozco and her husband, David, a local pharmacy manager.

“It’s a great way to keep them busy, keep them fit, and they’re having fun,” she said. “This way they’re so busy they can’t get into trouble, it keeps them around other kids on a team. They learn how to share, how to work toward a common goal.”

Mrs. Orozco is even more impressed with Buckeye’s recreation leaders because of the extra effort they’ve made to help one of her children.

“They know he has special needs, so they found a coach, one of the volunteers, who is very good working with children with disabilities,” she said. “This coach understands some of the challenges, and that is extremely gratifying to us as parents.”

The first two Buckeye marathons have raised $18,000 for the Youth Scholarship Program.  And there’s still plenty of time to register and train for the full marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K or one-mile fun run/CrossFit Fury obstacle course.

Last year, more than 900 participants from 28 states, Canada, Australia and from around the Valley crossed the finish line at the Buckeye Municipal Airport, one mile south of Interstate 10 on Palo Verde Road.

The full marathon course has again been certified by USA Track & Field as an official marathon distance and a qualifier for Boston and other national marathons.

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The marathon will actually begin well north of the airport in the Festival Ranch neighborhood.  The other runs and one-mile CrossFit Fury obstacle course will all start and end at the Buckeye Municipal Airport.

All running events will be chip timed by StartLine Racing.  Awards will be given to the top three finishers in all age categories (five-year age groups).

Current registration prices, which will increase after Oct. 16, include $80 for the marathon; $50 for the half marathon; $40 for the 10K; $25 for the 5K, and $20 for the one-mile fun run/obstacle course challenge.

For more information about registration for the Buckeye Marathon “Race to the Runway” presented by Pulte Homes, please visit www.buckeyemarathon.com.




Source: Buckeye Youth Scholarship Program Provides Healthy Recreational Activities for Children – City of Buckeye, Arizona