Vandals damage S. Charlotte sports facility for kids

Vandals damage S. Charlotte sports facility for kids

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by AMY COWMAN / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on March 22, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 22 at 10:38 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- An organization that focuses on getting kids involved in sports is suffering a major setback after their facilities were vandalized. It happened at the Olde Providence Elementary School athletic fields.

"We're all about kids, to see kids destroy things for other kids really concerns us," said Stew Richter with the South Charlotte Recreation Association.
 
Richter runs the baseball program with the South Charlotte Recreation Association. They just had their season opener this past weekend at the athletic fields at Olde Providence Elementary School, but the weekend ended on a sour note.
 
According to police, four teens, two who were minors, were hanging out Saturday night around the fields and went on a vandalism rampage, smashing the toilet in half and forcing the association to bring in port-o-potties. They busted open the concession stand, stealing candy and causing a total of about $10,000 in damage.
 
(Click here to view images of the damage)

“I was very surprised and disappointed; occasionally we'll get some graffiti out here, but this was the first time we really had someone come in and smash doors through," said Richter.
 
The program is focused on providing nearly 600 kids sports opportunities from baseball to softball and cheerleading, but it's also a program to guide kids on the right path.
 
"Even though it's a baseball program we really try to teach the kids values, teamwork, how to work with each other, taking responsibility for things, how to really behave-- life values really to carry on through the rest of their lives," said Richter.
 
Richter says it's sad these kids weren't more involved in something like their program, they might have known better.
 
"It's disappointed on two fronts, one that kids don't have anything better to do, to be out late at night and damage something especially in a school area where other kids play."
 
The association had already planned on holding a raffle on April 27 for money to make improvements. They're now hoping people help out more than ever so they can pay the $10,000 also in repairs.
 
If you want to help or purchase a raffle ticket go to www.southcharlotterec.com.

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