FUMO PRESENTS STATE GRANT TO
PHILADELPHIA, February 9, 2008 – State Senator Vince Fumo (D-Philadelphia)
today announced a state grant of $27,515 to the Philadelphia After School
Activities Partnership (ASAP), to be used for transportation of city school
students to ASAP activities.
The money comes from Pennsylvania Department of
Education funds, and was obtained by ASAP through Fumo’s efforts.
“In our society today, it is often important to provide
children with meaningful yet fun programs in a safe environment during
after-school hours. For several years now, ASAP has been serving thousands of
Philadelphia school kids in just such a way, and by doing that, they are
performing a service to the whole community,” Fumo said.
The senator presented a symbolic oversized check to
ASAP officials at the organization’s Youth Chess Challenge this afternoon at
Philadelphia Community College. Chess tournaments, in which 3,500 children in
225 clubs compete, are the centerpiece activity of ASAP’s programs.
“ASAP's Philadelphia Youth Chess Challenge provides
kids with a positive competitive experience during the dangerous after school
hours. Senator Fumo's support of the Chess Challenge will help to insure the
expansion of this important anti-violence initiative,” said ASAP's President
Operating since 2002, ASAP aims to keep children safe
and active during post-school time, recruiting volunteers to increase after
school enrichment activities citywide, including debate, dance, skateboarding,
Scrabble and yoga, in addition to chess. Over the past six years, it has served
more than 12,500 children in 900 after school clubs.
ASAP Saturday chess tournaments are open to the public
but attract primarily players from ASAP’s Philadelphia Youth Chess Challenge.
They are held September through February on the Community College campus. They
provide children an opportunity to spend time on a college campus, sharpen their
chess skills, and receive a rating from the U.S. Chess Federation. They
typically attract several hundred players each month.
“Keeping children occupied after school with enjoyable
and challenging programs is an important part of combating youth violence in
Philadelphia. I am proud that the state is able to help such an excellent
program to continue meeting the needs of so many kids,” Fumo said.
Today’s event was the final chess tournament of the
season. The closing ceremonies also featured awards for Most Improved Player, in
honor of slain Police Officer Charles Cassidy; Top Female Player for Philly
Girls Play Chess, presented by Women’s Way; and Top Male Player, presented by
the Lumpkin Foundation.
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