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Basketball camp scheduled

GOODRICH — David’s Faith & Hope for Life Foundation will be holding the 2014 B and D basketball camp, June 23-25 from 5-8 p.m. in the Goodrich Middle School Gymnasium. Doors open at 4pm for registration. The camp is open to boys and girls grades 3-6. Participants will improve fundamental basketball skills (shooting, ball handling, passing, defense, foot work) with help from the Goodrich Varsity Boys Basketball Staff. Cost is $50 per camper. Mail to: David Faith & Hope for Life Foundation; P.O. Box 14; Goodrich, MI 48438. For more information visit www.faithhopelife.com and go to B and D Basketball

Camp to print the registration form. Details: Call 810-287-3627 or email info@faithhopelife.com. — P.S.

YMCA observes Father’s Day

FLINT — On June 15, the YMCA of Greater Flint joins the nation in celebrating Father’s Day and recognizing the impact fathers and adult male role models make in children’s lives. It was at another YMCA more than a century ago where the idea came to fruition when the first Father’s Day was celebrated at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910.

Sonora Louis Smart Dodd aspired to create a holiday to honor fathers. Dodd, the daughter of a single father and Civil War veteran, was inspired by a Mother’s Day sermon and wondered why there was no holiday for fathers.

Nationally, one out of three children lives in a home without their biological father, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And, societal factors such as unemployment, work-life balance or a lack of resources can affect fathers’ ability to seek support in strengthening their parenting skills and more fully engaging in the lives of their children. A leading nonprofit in fostering positive youth development, the YMCA of Greater Flint remains dedicated to providing resources and opportunities for fathers to further involve themselves in the well-being and development of their children.

“The well-being of children in our community can be improved by growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers and adult male role models,” said Shelly MacArthur, Director of Programming, YMCA of Greater Flint. “Father’s Day is a chance to reflect on the importance of fathers. It’s a tough job and needs the support of the community to be the best parents and caregivers they can be.” Studies show that children with close relationships with their fathers and other adult male role models have more self-confidence and exhibit less depression, perform better academically and engage in significantly less drug and alcohol use. – G.G.


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