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Governor Signs Bill to Provide Funds for Young Athletes

Calling the funding of sports opportunities for young V.I. athletes a "priority," Gov. John deJongh Jr. announced Thursday that he had signed into law a bill appropriating money for equipment and student travel to off-island tournaments.
The appropriations, brought to the floor during last month’s full session by Sen. Wayne James, gives: $15,000 from the General Fund to the Ronald Charles Basketball League on St. Croix for uniforms and referee pay; $25,000 to the Elrod Hendricks Little League West 9-10 division champions for expenses and travel to the Regional Little League Tournament; and $70,000 for the junior and senior league teams for off-island travel during 2010.
“It is my firm belief that providing our youth these opportunities … prepares them for being productive members of society and strong leaders for tomorrow,” deJongh said in a letter sent Thursday to Senate President Louis P. Hill along with the signed bill.

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Calling the funding of sports opportunities for young V.I. athletes a "priority," Gov. John deJongh Jr. announced Thursday that he had signed into law a bill appropriating money for equipment and student travel to off-island tournaments.
The appropriations, brought to the floor during last month's full session by Sen. Wayne James, gives: $15,000 from the General Fund to the Ronald Charles Basketball League on St. Croix for uniforms and referee pay; $25,000 to the Elrod Hendricks Little League West 9-10 division champions for expenses and travel to the Regional Little League Tournament; and $70,000 for the junior and senior league teams for off-island travel during 2010.
“It is my firm belief that providing our youth these opportunities ... prepares them for being productive members of society and strong leaders for tomorrow,” deJongh said in a letter sent Thursday to Senate President Louis P. Hill along with the signed bill.