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Flag Football Tournament to Help Athletes Pay for Sports

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RICHLAND, Wash. - Enrolling you're kid in sports can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars every year.  To help, two coaches in Richland are working together to form what they're calling the first annual "Success for Kids Flag Football Tournament."

The goal is to raise some money for those kids who want to compete in sports but often times can't come up with the money.  Richland football coach Joshua Artis and Coach Liz Schweighardt said they've seen first hand, athletes who can't buy proper equipment, pay for transportation costs or even uniforms.

"There's a lot of kids that have the potential and can be really good at it.  They just don't have the money like some of the other kids, to get on those teams that can get them looked at for colleges latter on in life," said Artis.

"If we can help out and get that one kid that has the drive, just doesn't have the means, they have that ability, they just need somebody to give them a little extra help," said Schweighardt.

Young children and adults can enter to play, they'll have different levels of teams competing.  Anyone in the Tri-Cities can go.  It's $25.00 a person to enter, $175.00 a team.  Local businesses are asked to sponsor the games and donate.

The flag football tournament is July 18th to the 20th at Badger Mountain Community Park off Keene Road in Richland.

Click on On-Air Links on KNDU.com for a link to more information of the tournament.  Or you can call Joshua Artis at 460-8185 or Liz Schweighardt at 460-7590.