Youth Sports Fund of Hardin County Established with Central Kentucky Community Foundation

Youth Sports Fund of Hardin County Established with Central Kentucky Community Foundation

December 13, 2017 – Central Kentucky Community Foundation announces its ongoing commitment to enhancing the lives of youth with the introduction of the Youth Sports Fund of Hardin County.

The Youth Sports Fund of Hardin County provides financial support for children interested in youth recreational sports in Hardin County. Grants made from the Youth Sports Fund will assist children with registration fees and equipment, allowing even more young people in the community access to recreational sports.

“We are all better served by a community that is able to offer youth sports to anyone that wants to participate. There should be no limitations to participation for those who may not be able to afford the equipment or participation fees,” said Lindsey Keith Alicna. “Sports have proven to be a catalyst to producing better citizens and members of our community; we should do everything in our power to make that available to any child that wants to play.  I think we will see the fruits of this throughout those athletes’ lives.”

The Youth Sports Fund encourages and supports participation in recreational sports leagues for families that may not be able to afford the expense. Recreational sports allow athletes to grow and develop beyond what they learn in a classroom or at home. Sports introduce children to a healthy, active lifestyle and teaches good sportsmanship and teamwork. It also helps children develop their cognitive and physical skills and contributes to higher levels of self-esteem and self-worth. Joining a sports league is an opportunity that all children should have access to in our community, and the Youth Sports Fund helps makes it possible.

“Sports were vital in motivating me to improve, learn healthy habits, and ultimately gave me some of my fondest memories as a child. I want to provide the same opportunities to children right here in our community,” said Alicna.

“We are grateful people see various ways to enhance our community through their generosity,” said Davette B. Swiney, President and CEO of CKCF. “The Youth Sports Fund of Hardin County opens up a new way our community can help our youth grow and develop. We are honored to play a role in helping our community’s young athletes enjoy quality programs that instill lifelong values of teamwork, comradery and self-esteem. The Youth Sports Fund intends to provide funding support to help offset the various costs associated with recreational leagues, and promote inclusion and accessibility for all youth.”

Grant applications for the fund will be available beginning with 2018 spring sports.

Contributions to the Youth Sports Fund of Hardin County are welcome and can be made online at or sent to CKCF at 306 West Dixie Ave. Elizabethtown, KY 42701. Gifts to the fund may be eligible for the Endow Kentucky state income tax credit which offers donors up to a 20 percent credit for their contribution when they support the Youth Sports Fund of Hardin County. For information about the fund, contact CKCF at

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