Eleven towns, parks and recreation districts or departments in Weld County received $20,000 worth of recreation scholarships from United Way of Weld County (UWWC) for 2019. Last year, more than 900 youth received UWWC recreation scholarships to participate in programs that promote a healthy lifestyle through recreational activities.

Lyle SmithGraybeal, vice president of community impact at UWWC, said these recreation programs not only provide positive healthy activities for youth, but they often teach life skills that help youth succeed. Leadership development, working on a team, handling conflict, good sportsmanship and competition are an important part of what youth gain from participation in these recreation programs, SmithGraybeal said.

Receiving the annual scholarships were: Evans Recreation Department ($1,000), Erie ($1,000), Fort Lupton Recreation Department ($3,200), Greeley Culture, Parks and Recreation ($1,500), Highland Recreation Association ($2,000), Thompson Rivers Park and Recreation District ($2,500), Eaton Area Park and Recreation District ($1,000), Kersey Recreation ($1,200), Mead ($1,500), Platteville Recreation ($3,600) and Windsor Parks, Recreation and Culture ($1,500).

UWWC has been distributing recreation scholarships for more than 30 years. The funds are made available thanks to UWWC donor contributions. Recreation programs or districts in Weld County were eligible for scholarships. The recipients will use the money to assist children and youth participation in programs that they otherwise could not afford to participate in without this help.

Serving on the volunteer Recreation Scholarship Committee that allocated the funds were: Scott Bailey (Windsor State Bank), Alan Holmberg (Anderson & Whitney) and Brian Schiller (Flood & Peterson). Committee members review reports on past results, the impact on children and youth and newly identified needs for these funds.