Grand C.I.T.Y.'s 1st Annual Meet & Greet Community Cookout - Grand Rapids, MI

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The purpose of the community cookout was to commemorate Grand C.I.T.Y and their efforts to redirect the focus of today’s inner city youth. There is a growing need, within specifically, the inner city to alter the course of today’s young people. Grand C.I.T.Y aim is to contribute to that process. Proceeds generated from this event will provide wish-list gifts for the Helen Devos Children hospital.

Grand C.I.T.Y is a community-driven, nonprofit organization committed to influencing today’s youth. Our mission is to restore and refocus at-risk youth and their understanding of the importance of education. On Friday, June 18th, Grand C.I.T.Y. also known as Grand C.I.T.Y. Sports, sponsored its first annual "Community Cookout" at Garfield Park in Grand Rapids, MI. The cookout began at 4:00pm and ended at 7:30pm. The purpose of this event was to commemorate Grand C.I.T.Y and their efforts to redirect the focus of today’s inner city youth. There is a growing need, within specifically the inner city, to alter the course of today’s young people. Grand C.I.T.Y aim is to contribute to that process. The cookout was free. Proceeds from the cookout will provide Wish-List Gifts for the Helen Devos Children Hospital.

Chris Sain Jr. Co-Founder of Grand C.I.T.Y. is preparing to kickoff a Mentoring Initiative to give young people alternative examples than the ones most commonly found in inner city communities. The cookout, attended by family, friends, and school officials, as well as supporters of Grand C.I.T.Y. was a day filled with food & fun. Over a 100 people were in attendance. Members of Grand C.I.T.Y. used word of mouth and social networking sites such as Facebook, to attract those who attended. Members of Blend, United Way, Grand Rapids Public Schools and Hope Network were on had to name a few. Kid friendly events included sack races and the egg toss which helped to engage kids of various ages as their parents cheered them on. The youth were able to compete, have fun and win prizes. Everyone that participated also received a Certificate of Participation. It was definitely a deserving opening to the Fathers Day Weekend.

Grand C.I.T.Y. next community event is July 9th where they will take part in the Grand Rapids All-Pro Football Camp at Houseman Field. Admission is free. Players 9 – 13 years old start at 8:30am - 12:00pm. Players 14 – 17years old start at 1:00pm - 5:00pm. Call Grand Rapid’s Parks & Recreation to pre-register (616) 456-3000.

For more info about Grand C.I.T.Y. please visit http://www.grandcitysports.com or email grandcity1(at)gmail(dot)com.

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