Kiwanis Ball Race yields winners and cash for youth programs |

Kiwanis Ball Race yields winners and cash for youth programs

Karl Oelke special to the Post IndependentGlenwood Springs Kiwanis Club members lift the hatch on a truckload of balls for the annual Strawberry Days Ball Race.

More than 4,000 bouncing balls caromed down North Hyland Park Drive at 2:20 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, for the annual Kiwanis Club Strawberry Days Ball Race. Three months of preparation by Glenwood Springs Kiwanis members came to fruition in fewer than five minutes, as the red, yellow, green, purple and blue balls raced from the gateway down the steep street and into the chute that separated winners from losers.This year, a yellow ball was the winner.The event represents an opportunity where winning is great, but participation is an even greater thrill: Everyone who bought tickets supports Kiwanis children’s programs. The service club spends about $20,000 each year to support the youth of the community. Proceeds from events like the Ball Race determine the amount the club can award.Programs include:• Terrific Kids, which rewards elementary school students for good behavior.• Builders Club, which helps middle school students begin to develop leadership skills in community service projects. • Key Club, which exposes high school students to community service projects as well as state and national leadership programs. In addition, Kiwanis provides college scholarships to graduating high school seniors, bike helmets at several safety events, opportunities for performance in Stars of Tomorrow, support for the high school Mock Trial team and the WindWalker Equine Therapy Program, and others.

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