Bellaire's American Legion Post 52 is keeping up its efforts to help the neighborhood by contributing money to a scheme that helps neighborhood kids.
To support the kid’s program, the legion gave $1,000 to R.L. Strength and Conditioning on Thursday. The nonprofit's owner, Rick Leigh, received the payment from the members.
Members of the legion wanted to assist the program’s efforts to help advise young citizens, according to Dickie Johnson, the legion's finance officer.
He remarked, "That's a really good program he has going on to get the kids off the street and give them some purpose. Around the Ohio Valley, I don't see anything that younger kids have to do."
According to Johnson, the legion uses the money it receives from state-sponsored gaming to support the neighborhood. He claimed that the Legion has a gaming license that it uses to operate video machines and sell instant tickets. The money made from this supports regional causes and initiatives.
We frequently receive requests for gifts, and the majority of them—if they pertain to this region—are fulfilled by us, he said. We are here for God, country, children, youth, and assisting veterans, just as it is stated in our preamble.
Leigh called the gift a "blessing" for the group, which aids in guiding children in the neighborhood. He claimed that a large portion of the present will go towards the yearly "Summer Bash" that is held.
"It's for the neighborhood kids to come out and have fun. We have it for the community because they support us and contribute back, as well as for the kids as a reward for their hard work. He added that this year's event will take place on July 27 at the Hidden Hills Event Center in Bellaire.” "We will have free food, bouncy houses, and free face painting for the kids, and at night, we'll have a nice concert for them with local artists performing," he said.
To provide kids from throughout the Ohio Valley something to do, Leigh started the youth program in 2020.
“Three years ago, I began the program for the valley's children to keep them off the streets, out of trouble, and occupied. I made the program completely free since I know times are tough in the valley," he remarked.
For kids from the age of four to seniors in high school, the program is free. Children receive strength and conditioning instruction through the program, as well as chances to take part in other activities.
"Kids are welcome to train and exercise here. We exercise with weights, perform cardio, strength training, and boxing," he stated.
The Wheeling Nelson Jordan Center hosts the program twice a week, starting at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10 a.m. on Saturdays.
It's a mentoring initiative. I started a sponsorship program so that anyone could sponsor a child, and if they did well in school and showed up to training, they would receive gifts. I like to teach the kids the correct way and that hard work pays off, he said.
Currently, 56 children from throughout the Ohio Valley participate in the program.
From either side of the river, any kid in the valley is welcome, he said. In addition to students from Wheeling Park and John Marshall (high schools), we also have students from Bellaire, Martins Ferry, Shadyside, and Bridgeport.
People who are interested in the program should just show up on the designated dates or contact Leigh at 304-780-8436 for more details.
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