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Free sporting equipment being

handed out to youth Friday

through Sycamore partnership

STEUBENVILLE — The Sycamore Youth Center will be handing out 300 bags of sporting equipment on Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This will be happening at two locations — for pupils in grades kindergarten through fourth at East Garfield Elementary School, 936 N. Fifth St., and for students in grades kindergarten through eight at the Sycamore Youth Center, located at 301 N. Fourth St., Steubenville.

The Sycamore Youth Center has partnered with the Lindy Infante Foundation to put this event on, according to Bobbyjon Bauman, Sycamore Youth Center director, who explained the Lindy Infante Foundation is working in partnership with OSU LiFEsports, the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, Boys and Girls Club of Columbus, the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority and others “on an exciting new initiative: Sports In A Bag in not only Columbus but the surrounding area.”

The foundation regularly puts on free sports camps for children in underserved neighborhoods, but those camps have been canceled for the foreseeable future because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a news release notes. In response, the Lindy Infante Foundation is partnering with these organizations to provide free sports equipment and at-home drills and activities to youth in Central Ohio to keep them active and engaged during the crisis.

The release added that “58 percent of all community-based sports fees are rising, and 24 percent of high schools in the United States no longer offer sports. The rising costs of participation have closed the doors to youth sports for many children and teens in need. The playing field has been tilted in favor of wealthier families. The Lindy Infante Foundation is committed to leveling that playing field and ensuring that no young person misses out. We work to bring out the greatness in every child with a chance to play, grow and excel through sports.”

“We at the Sycamore Center are thrilled to be a part of providing this sports equipment to our area children,” Bauman said. “Each bag has $25 worth of sports equipment, including basketballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, jump ropes, etc. Everyone is welcome to take one, and no ID or income documents are required.”

‘Grotesque safari’ effort part

of library virtual program

STEUBENVILLE — Join the library for a virtual program, “The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture from 10 American Colleges and Universities Virtual Program,” which will be offered Oct. 15-17.

Visit the library’s event page on the website, steubenvillelibrary.org. The link will be available for library customers to watch on any of these days.

“Armed with only a camera, a sense of humor and a host of frequent flyer miles, Mathew Duman embarked on a ‘grotesque safari,’ traveling to 10 universities around the country to photograph the unique grotesques and gargoyles roosting on their academic buildings,” a news release explains.

Duman found that this type of sculpture makes its home within a style of architecture known as Collegiate Gothic, which was popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

He has collected his findings in his book titled “The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture from 10 American Colleges and Universities” and presents a selection in this illustrated lecture, giving participants a taste of the variety of ornament, history and humor these campuses have to offer.

The grotesque 10 schools are Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, Princeton University, Trinity College in Hartford, Ct., Bryn Mawr College, the City College of New York, Duke University and Washington University in St. Louis.

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