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WYAL vacates Wapato Community Center

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Wapato, WASH.--The Wapato Athletic League just moved into the Community Center a little over a year ago and now, they're moving out just as quickly.

The director of the league Bruce Benscoter said he's officially stepping down, and so is co-director Mike Kennedy.

The two men said they're leaving because they're frustrated by the contract proposed by the Wapato City Council.

The contract proposal states the league would be responsible for paying property and liability insurance.

Benscoter said this would cost them thousands of dollars that they can't afford as a non-profit organization.

Parents of children who participate in the athletic league are sad to see it go.

"I don't know how I'm going to tell my daughters, and I hope that something happens that can help them either want to go forward in maybe a different capacity or that maybe the city council will get together and try to bring back Parks & Rec," said Carrie Osorio.

Benscoter gave NBC Right Now a copy of the letter he sent to the Wapato Mayor stating his reasons for leaving the center.

The letter states the league "is not going to be able to fulfill the requirements of the contract...and cannot in good faith sign."

The Wapato Youth Athletic League gave elementary-aged kids a chance to play sports including soccer and baseball throughout the year. The mayor was unavailable for comment about the contract.

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