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If you live in Tuolumne County and want your children to participate in local sports, but you are in financial need, there is a Foundation that can help by lowering the cost of sports programs.

Jim Cruff, President of the Athletic Scholarship Foundation of Tuolumne County, was Wednesday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.

Financial aid from the Athletic Scholarship Foundation of Tuolumne County can help pay common fees and equipment costs. They work with, but are not limited to, local soccer programs, Little League, Softball and Gymnastics facilities.

The ASFTC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a goal of a strong community and healthy children. According to Cruff, children that participate in sports are healthier and perform better in school than those that don’t.

The Foundation wants to make sure that all children in Tuolumne County are able to participate in the sport of their choice. They help fund sports activities of any child of families in need.

Cruff said that the ASFTC is supported by an all-volunteer board of directors and office staff. “We strive to put every penny of our fundraising into athletic programs.”

Thanks to a very generous community, they are able to work closely with local sports leagues to ensure that any child in need that wants to participate in sports can participate in sports. They do not fund High School sports programs or camps.

Fundraising is a major part of the Athletic Scholarship Foundation of Tuolumne County. The funding is supported by corporate funding, private funding, fundraising events and grants. The foundation holds monthly online fundraising events.

This Saturday evening from 8pm – midnight, there will be a major fundraiser at the Clubhouse at the Twain Harte Golf Course. Shane Dwight, a locally popular American Roots music artist will perform. There will be a number of auction items as well including a signed Shane Dwight guitar.

Tickets are $25 each and can be ordered online. If there are tickets left over, they will also be available at the door.

For tickets and event information or an application for your child , log on to http://www.asftc.org/march-into-sports or call 209-651-2001.

The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard every weekday morning at 6:45, 7:45 and 8:45 on AM 1450 and FM 102.7 KVML.