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Tampa nonprofit to host 600 6th-grade girls for free sports & self-empowerment program

The Skills Center gets $800,000 federal grant
Posted at 6:28 PM, Dec 26, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. — Girls rule at the Skills Center in Tampa.

Six hundred of them to be exact.

The nonprofit, which uses sports to build esteem and social skills in kids, was just awarded an $800,000 Youth Engagement in Sports federal grant through the Office of Women’s Health.

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The program will reduce barriers to 15 sports and various life courses for 600 minority and socio-economically disadvantage 6th grade girls in the Tampa Bay area.

“Usually what we see when a young girl comes to us is that she’s shy,” says Celeste Roberts, executive director of the Skills Center. “She knows that she wants to do something. She just doesn’t know how to do it.”

The Skills Center was one just 18 recipients of the grant money.

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