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CTC activities focus on increasing community ties
by BY JENNIFFER WARDELL
Nov 22, 2012 | 1660 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print

BOUNTIFUL –  Bountiful’s Communities That Care wants residents to come join in the fun. 

The group, which focuses on community involvement and promoting healthy behavior in adolescents, is looking to get the word out about their growing list of activities held throughout the year. Events such as basketball tournaments and day-long summits help kids stay away from negative behaviors, and organizers want to include as many local youth as possible. 

“Like with any non-profit, it’s been tough getting name recognition,” said Bountiful Police Chief Tom Ross, a CTC board member who recently spoke to the Bountiful Rotary. “We have the foundations in place, but now we really need to build in the community.”

The group, which was begun three years ago by Ross and Judge Thomas Kay, combats negative behaviors such as suicide and substance abuse by encouraging kids toward more positive alternatives. 

“It helps put kids on track to being a productive member of society,” said Bountiful CTC Coordinator Catherine Holbrook, who also spoke to the Rotary.

One of those alternatives is a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, first held this past spring at the South Davis Recreation Center. The CTC already has a 2013 tournament on their schedule for this coming March, with KSL’s Tom Kirkland set to host. 

“It was a terrific event,” said Holbrook. “It also helps kids build positive peer relationships.”

The Davis County Youth Summit, which has been going on in Layton for years, teaches young adults about everything from substance abuse prevention to building self-esteem. The day also includes several service projects. 

“No one from the south end of the county went last year, which was such a disappointment,” Holbrook said. “It was a great event.” 

Holbrook recently became one of the people in charge of organizing the project, and the 2013 summit is expected to be held in Woods Cross.

For more information check out the Nov. 22 edition of Davis Clipper.

 

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