ATMC supports county youth groups

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Atlantic Telephone Membership Cooperative recently presented three local organizations with funds to enable disadvantaged youth to participate in programs that teach life skills and encourage physical activity.
Organizations receiving the funds were Brunswick County Parks and Recreation, First Tee of Brunswick County and Girls on the Run (GOTR)/STRIDE.
Funds totaling $7,000 were made available through ATMC Cable’s affiliation with Fox Sports Carolinas and will be used for financial assistance for youth participants in their programs over the next year.  
“When we help these kids participate in activities that promote good health and build character and sportsmanship, everybody wins,” said Allen Russ, ATMC CEO/general manager. “We appreciate Fox Sports Carolinas for helping make this possible. ”
“We are thankful ATMC thought about us and rewarded our organization’s service to youth in the community,” said Jim Pryor, director of Brunswick County Parks and Recreation. “There are many families struggling financially, and these funds will help kids to stay involved.”
Brunswick County Parks and Recreation offers an extensive countywide youth athletic program featuring league play for baseball, girls fast-pitch softball, football, cheerleading, basketball and tennis.
First Tee provides young people with character-building and life-skills lessons using golf as the platform.
Girls on the Run (GOTR) and STRIDE are after-school parallel preventive outreach programs that educate and prepare girls and boys for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living through running.
ATMC is an avid supporter of numerous local youth programs. Chartered in 1955, the cooperative currently provides service to over 38,000 members and is the largest communications cooperative in North Carolina.