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Port Washington Youth Activities Inc. (PYA) has announced it is prepared to expand its sports programs to better serve the community's youth in light of recent budget cuts.

Due to restrictions mandated by being on a contingency budget, the Port Washington School District has indicated that there will be only one football team at Weber Middle School for the fall 2005 season, rather than the usual two. PYA will help fill that void by expanding its tackle football program to include all seventh grade boys who want to play. PYA intends to work closely with the Weber football program, including possibly staging a football clinic with the Weber football coach at Lions Field.

PYA's football program for sixth and seventh graders commences Sept. 17. Initially practices are held Saturdays and Sundays and after teams are formed practices are on Saturday and games are played on Sunday, all at Lions Field. Applications will be available at Arena Sports starting in early September. Please note - any seventh grader who signs up for PYA football but is unable to play due to making the Weber football team will be offered a refund.

Decisions concerning the expansion of other PYA programs will be made on a season-by-season basis.

For additional information concerning PYA football, call PYA at 944-3077 or visit PYA's website www.pyaonline.com in late August.


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