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NK Pee Wee Association seeks help from community

POULSBO — The North Kitsap Pee Wee Association is seeking volunteers throughout the North Kitsap community to lend a helping hand.

North Kitsap Pee Wees fundraising chair Julee Marcelino said the organization is seeking support from the community to keep the programs it offers running at a high level.

“The NK Pee Wee Association has been here for a while. Our organization is struggling to obtain support to keep this vital part of the community running,” Marcelino said. “Without additional support from the community this makes our jobs quite difficult. We need to raise money for repairs, improvements, uniforms and equipment. All of these little things really add up.”

Marcelino said the organization is seeking sponsorships, donations and partnerships. She estimates 225 children are participating on NK Pee Wee football teams this year.

“We started out small and have grown and outgrown our field. In just four years I think we’ve doubled in the amount of kids playing football,” she said. “We’re also looking for a property where we might better serve our sporting events and lessen the burden on our current home at Hamilton Field.”

Some of the children participating in NK Pee Wees even come from outside the area.

“At North Kitsap Pee Wees everyone is given the opportunity to play,” she said. “We have as many teams as the kids sign up for. In some areas outside of North Kitsap they often only have one team per age level and there isn’t enough space on the roster for additional players.”

Marcelino said the number of children competing aids the economic landscape of the North End community.

“On gameday Saturdays these kids flood local businesses before and after their games,” she said. “They really support the economy in this town.”

Pee Wees are essentially a feeder program into North Kitsap middle schools in football and basketball, Marcelino said.

“We want to establish partnerships with the schools,” she said. “Members of our teams will play at the middle school level and eventually play at the high school level.”

For more information regarding the North Kitsap Pee Wee Association, check out http://www.nkpeewees.org/

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