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The Ellis County Press

Lancaster – There was an enormous turn out at the regular bi-weekly city council meeting on Monday, March 22.

The meeting began by discussing in detail the consent agenda having to do with the appropriate notices and fines that will be issued to residents who le-ave trash outside and aro-und waste containers.

After reading through the rest of the agenda, action item number five was looked at by the council.

This particular request was between the city of Lancaster and PTA Sport Management, Inc. for the use of the recreation center for youth sports programs and a summer camp.

The council had many questions about this program seeing as to how it will bring possible new life to the Lancaster recreation center.

To answer these questions was a volunteer for PTA Sports Management Deion Sanders.

Sanders, a former Dallas Cowboy’s Quarterback, explained with his 14 years of NFL experience, he would be an important asset to helping the children of the this youth sports program to develop necessary skills and discipline needing to succeed in not only sports, but in the professional work world as well.

He went on to explain all the ins and outs of the program itself.

"The summer camp would be from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. and will include two meals and a take home snack," said Sanders.

"Transportation to and from is also available for children who need it.

There will be two hours of formal education each day, as well as hours of play time and training.

However unlike many other youth programs around, this one in particular focuses on teaching the children respect, discipline and to value themselves as well as others."

Sanders showed an example by calling one of the children up to the stand.

The brave 10-year-old boy recited the acronym for T.R.U.T.H. in military fashion, as well as respectfully answering questions from the council.

After many questions and speaking to parents, children and volunteers alike, a motion to pass was made by Mayor Pro Tem Carol Strain-Burk, quickly followed by a second from District 2 Councilmember Todd Love.

After a brief pause, the electronic poll board lit up with green lights, signaling a unanimous vote by the council.

Applause began in the crowd, proving this to be a very promising program for the youth in the city of Lancaster.

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