Bryant working with school district to improve athletics

BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV)- School is just around the corner, and that might have some parents wondering about after school activities to keep kids busy.

The city of Bryant has been working with their school district to provide recreational activities for its youth. "We will be getting grant funds to help pay expand youth sports programs," said Brandon Griffin from the Bryant's Bishop Park Community Center.

In the last year, the Department of Parks and Recreation attempted to extend a tax to help expand recreational facilities in Bryant. The school district also attempted to pass a mileage to expand their athletic departments.

For the last three years, the school district has received Joint Use Agreement (JUA) grants from the Department of Education. The district will use federal funds to invest in the Bishop Park's athletic facilities. The community center improved their basketball courts, then the aquatic center.

The third grant money will be given to Hurricane Creek Elementary School's volleyball department. "We already have basketball set up to have two courts going at once," explained Lisa Mundy, a physical education teacher. "But now, with the grant money we will be able to two volleyball courts going with all brand new equipment"

The upgraded facility and equipment will be used by both school organized sports activities, as well as the community center events.

This just allows kids to have a safe place, close to home they can walk to after school," said Mundy. "They'll feel part of a team, they'll be supervised and they'll just have that extra boost of confidence"

The project is pending the Bryant school board's approval. They are set to meet and finalize details at the end of the month.


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