The City of New Bern and Craven County fail to support local youth football organizations.

The City of New Bern and Craven County fail to support local youth football organizations.

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Carldelle Patrick started this petition to City of New Bern Parks and Recreations and

The City of New Bern nor the Craven County Parks and Recreations department provides facilities to be used by Youth Football Organizations or its citizens of the communities within Craven County at no cost. We, the citizens of this county find this to be unsatisfactory when we are attempting to keep our students-athletes focused on education and football to keep them off the streets and out of danger. Furthermore, neither the city nor county has a program designed like Carolina Knights of North Carolina Elite Football. We are focusing on student-athletes to provide an opportunity to get exposure on a National level in hopes of playing collegiate football and furthering their education. We are utilizing football to maintain structure and build character in student-athletes’ lives.

As a citizen in this county for 14 years, I can attest that the City of New Bern nor Craven County has ever provided a designated football facility for the kids, coaches, and parents of the football community to utilize. Football was and always will be a pillar in Craven County and we are attempting to build on that foundation for the betterment of our student-athletes.  However, we continue to be faced with obstacles from our elected officials, city and county management offices that do not realize our community needs a facility so we may provide education assistance and mentorship focused on our students-athletes development on and off the field. The elected officials and departments of parks and recreations does not understand that youth organizations cannot afford to pay for fields year after year due to the fact that Non-Profit 501(3)(c) does not generate income for profit and the members of these organizations spend their hard earn money to ensure that the student-athletes who can’t afford play football play at the cost of the organization or its members. The lack of support or interest in the activities being provided outside of the city or county parks and recreation program is numb to the elected officials and department heads in  Craven County. 

Why are we as tax paying citizens required to pay for a city or county facility when we provide a service to these students-athletes at minimum expense. The same people you are requiring to pay for your facilities are basically doing the job of parks and recreation to keep these student-athletes off the street and focused on something positive with football. 

We are in need of a designated football facility that will provide the adequate means for student-athletes to receive education assistance and a safe practice field so players may receive the proper football instructions in hopes of reaching their full potential as a student-athlete. 

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