Youth Facility Is Now Thriving

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

A facility for youth in southern Kentucky once in danger of closing is now thriving.

There was a celebration at the Lord's Gym in McCreary County.

The Lord's Gym Director Braxton King says last year there were 150 buckets on the basketball court when it rained because of a leaky roof.

Thanks to grants, donations and a lot of volunteers, the newly painted doors are open to serve even more young people across the county.

Computers, paint, new floors were just a few of the things at the Lord's Gym because of a grant from ARC.

“Now they have 150 to 200 kids that come here every day after school. They play games and they play with computers,” U.S. Representative Hal Rogers said.

“This means the kids in McCreary County have a safe place to go. Where they know they're loved, where they know they can get help of any kind, whether they need homework help, or help with a peer at school. or if they are being drawn to drugs of bad choices in their life,” Karen Engle said.

Open for more than 5 years, the gym's focus is always encouraging kids to do what is right.

“Most kids don't do drugs. and we try and use that and say get with the majority of kids that are saying no to drugs, that are saying no to at risky behavior,” Braxton King said.

With no bowling alley or theatre in the area, this gym is the first recreational center in the county for kids and young adults.

King says faith helped this dream become a reality and if it can help one child stay off drugs, it is a success.

“The ultimate end is some kid's coming to you and saying I'm not on drugs anymore,” Braxton King said.

All the remodeling at the Lord's Gym was done by volunteers.

It cost 30-thousand dollars to keep the Lord's Gym running for a year about the same as the cost to keep two drug dealers in jail for the same amount of time..

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