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m | PIOBINSON of one child in the system will to $100,000 of providing hours of pro- one child and Girls Club is according to directors of the I Club of Richland Youth Sum- a Boys :a which recre- activities in a for area Side Elementary : in January. kids already hope to have 200 keeping mem- Per child, per year participation," representa- Summit the Back-A- to raise by ask- and individuals donations child for one 110 kids up and )have 200 by By keeping at $30 per year Youth par. t~ Weinel campaign board members out and contact- and individu- m efforts to raise "Investing in a child Businesses of sponsor- donating a of chil- contn- mem- includes the board of annual meeting in Septem- time to meet harvest has already .1 for a few weeks. going to be a conflict, but year that most said Don Net- he Boys and County during Tues- day's meeting. All Back-A-Kid donors will be pictured in the Sidney Herald and will also be included in a donors list to be published in the paper over the next four months. The Sidney Herald has taken the program on as its community service project. "We are applying for grants, along with other additional funding sources," Welnel said. Club members in grades kindergarten through eighth will use a different area than the high school club members, including three classrooms and restroom facilities. The music room will act as the high school room, and they will use rest- rooms closest to the gym. Pool tables and computers have been donated for the high school room, and computers for one room in the kindergarten through eighth grade age group. The south entrance will be used and a check-in booth will be set up where club members will slide their identification cards upon entering the premis- es for tracking purposes. "The tracking system we are going to use is called 'Kid Trax.' It stores information on each child's activities and atten- dance," Welnel said. "It will also be a way of gathering informa- tion for our database on the demographic breakdowns. That is the kind of information we need to be able to apply for more grants." The Boys and Girls Club's goal is to good citizens through ership and, guidance in behavior and atti- tude. Children are encouraged to discover their needs, enjoy their interests, nurture their talents, broaden their viewpoints, value diversity, resolve conflicts, set goals, understand themselves and have fun. The club helps boys and girls make appropriate and satisfying choices in their physical, educa- tional, personal, social, emotion- al, vocational and spiritual lives. "We want to involve the fami- lies with family activities," said Melissa Boyer, prevention spe- cialist of the Richland County Health Department. Members of the club receive information on health and devel- op physical fitness through a variety of programs. They are also guided in vocational choic- es. It helps guide those who have already acquired undesirable habits through encouraging pos- itive paths. "We hope to have lots of the kindergarten children from the school classes down the hall. All they would have to do is walk over," Boyer said. "For the others, we are applying or a Department of Transportation grant to purchase a bus to help transport students from other schools and take them to their extracurricular activities." Former NFL player Derwin Gray signs Wednesday night. BY BILL VANDER WEELE Herald-Leader Former NFL player Derwin Gray says people never know when their life will change. Gray, who presented two programs in Sid- ney this week, remembers when he was a rookie with the Indianapolis Colts and a teammate, after showering, asked different players, "Do you know Jesus?" At first, Gray didn't know what to think of that teammate. "I know who I am now. I don't need a number on my back to feel good." - Derwin Gray 'Tm trying to win a Super Bowl, and here is this naked man talking about Jesus," Gray told Wednesday's large audience turnout. The former defensive back said he tried to stay away from the "naked black man" as much as he could. One time when Gray was confronted, however, he explained how good a man he was. He said how he was the first 20-year-old male in his family not to be in prison and have fathered a child out of wedlock. The teammate, however, quoted the Bible, "We have all sinned and have fallen short of God's standard." Gray said he started to realize then that he shouldn't compare his life to others but nnls at 7 p.m. at the meet of the Mon- is Thursday at with a the USDA golf tour- Churc[ Evertson :Speak in view pastor. atll a.m. BY BILL VANDER WEELE Herald-Leader Steady progress is being made on the new tennis courts in Sid- ney, located about two blocks west of Sidney High School. Fencing around the project was completed this week at Hansen Park. Terry Meldahl, director of the Department of Public Works, said the top surface still needs to be applied at the four courts. Because the company doing the surfacing is backed up on work, Meldahl doesn't expect the top surface to be applied until early next May. If the area enjoys nice fall weath- er, the city may add temporary lines for play this fall. The corers will feature new nets and posts. The city and tennis association decided upon the location of the four courts after thorough research. The tennis association reports the location provides space for future expansion and has soil conditions less suscepti- ble to heaving and cracking the court surface, allowing for an extended utilization period. Leif Anderson, Sidney Tennis Association president and Game Committee chair, previously said the life of the facility should exceed 50 years. A total of $215,500 was need- ed to fund the project. Nearly $200,000 has been raised through grants or donations from the Chris Hanson Trust, Glendive Chamber of Com- merce Paddlefish Grant, Nefsy Family Foundation, Stockman Bank Foundation, Town Pump Foundation, Groskinsky Foun- dation, Interstate Engineering, Montana-Dakota Utilities, the Sidney Lions Club and Inter- mountain Tennis Association. A grant of $75,000 was award- ed to Sidney's Tennis Associa- tion in the middle of December by the National Park Service via the Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Land and Water Conserva- tion Fund program. PHOTO BY BILL VANDER WEELE autographs after his presentation at the Sidney Middle School auditorium ayer in rather to God's wishes. Three years later, Gray was baptized by that teammate in a motel swimming pool in San Diego. But he admits it took him even longer to finally understand what Jesus wants. "Jesus is about a close relationship," Gray said. "The God of the universe loves Derwin Gray." The message of love was what Gray tried to communicate to Wednesday's crowd, which largely featured high school and jun- ior high students. He opened the program with video high- lights of his playing days in the NFL and Brigham Young University. The video fea- tured many hard hits put on receivers cour- tesy of Gray. Gray joked with the audience that his aggressive playing style was biblical. "It's better to give than to receive." He stressed that happiness doesn't come from earthly treasures. He notes that when he was All-State as a Texas high school player, a College All- American and a NFL player, he wasn't happy. "When I looked in the mirror, I was still missing something," Gray said. Now, Gray isn't a part of NFL's stardom and big money, but he says he doesn't miss it. "I know who I am now. I don't need a number on my back to feel good," Gray said. Gray has now been a professional speaker for four years. He and his wife, Vicki, have developed One Heart at a Time Ministries. Derwin crowd. PHOTO BY BILL VANDER WEELE Gray speaks to Wednesday's The organization's Web site is www.one- heartatatimeministries.org. "If you don't know who you are, you will let other people dictate who you are," Gray said. He urged the students to make good choic- es in life. "Young ladies, please marry a man that loves Jesus. Because if he knows how to love Jesus, he can love you," Gray said. He said especially young people worry about their looks and weight, but that God sees the beauty of Jesus in them. "When you realize you're a child of God, you know who you are," Gray said. PHOTO BY BILL VANDER WEELE The fencing was put around the new tennis courts this week. In addition, $65,000 has been city tennis facility reserve fund. tion arm a rest area are additives accumulated over the past eight An arboretum of existing considered to accompany the years for the tennis project in a native trees, a bird-watching sta- tennis courts project. :!!i~ ?i ii !!i!~ iiiiiii~