Community Sports Facility
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Info about the Community Sports Facility
The local school in the small village in Northern Armenia was established in 1895, destroyed in 1988 by the earthquake, and finally rebuilt in 1997. The building is new; however, the area outside for sports and play is extremely hazardous. Manholes litter the playing premises, the concrete is cracked and full of loose rocks, and the topography of the land allows large amounts of water to fester for weeks. The education of the school is renown throughout the surrounding villages; however, physical education classes and after school extracurricular activities are lacking due to the condition of the playground. Not only does this offer health risks during the act of physical play for students, but there have been opportunities passed up by the school to compete with and host sporting events with other communities due to the lack of an adequate field. A well-developed soccer field, basketball court, volleyball court, and running-track would provide the community with a central point to encourage sports, physical activity, and personal well-being. This would be especially beneficial for the youth who otherwise typically spend their free time near street corners picking up the detrimental habits such as smoking and drinking. The community and I have created a proposal that will cost $10,973.70 for a new soccer field, basketball court, volleyball court, and running-track. The community’s in-kind contribution totals 29% of the total project’s cost. This is a great opportunity for men, women, boys, and girls of all ages to rally around a community project that will offer fitness and pave the way for consciousness of health within the community and the surrounding villages.