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Dayton Daily News (Ohio)
As voters turn down school levies and financially strapped districts must deal with a lack of funding, more schools have started instituting pay-to-play policies for athletics. But one local community has organized a nonprofit to support its student athletes.
Combs, a volunteer group of parents and community supporters formed the Every Warrior Plays (EWP) program about a year ago in Huber Heights.
"We created EWP to support the athletics program for Huber Heights City Schools and to offset the pay-to-play fee for middle and high school boys and girls," said Combs, a parent of three children, one a 2008 Wayne High School graduate and the others still attending Huber Heights Schools.
In January of 2013, the Huber Heights School District announced the fee would be $750 per child, per sport, with no family cap, making playing sports no longer an option for many families.
"In May of 2013 we got together and formed 'The Champions Club,' " Combs said. "We identified ways to raise money quickly so we could make an impact on those fees."
The inaugural EWP 5K run will take place July 26 at Wayne High School and will be an important fund-raiser for the group.
"There will be a T-shirt and a BW-3's buffet for the first 200 people registered," Combs said. "We are still hoping for donations and support."
For more information or to register, log on to everywarriorplays.com.