Director gives Mount Vernon sports a second take
An award-winning director and former Mount Vernon resident infused the city's ailing student sports programs with $25,000 Thursday.
Jeff Cooney, who works on documentaries and commercials for companies such as Coca-Cola, handed over a check to Mount Vernon Mayor Clinton Young at a news conference.
"It will affect our kids on so many levels. We have no choice," Cooney said. "I just wanted to step up in my own small way."The Mount Vernon Board of Education axed $2.4 million from its budget last month, effectively eliminating more than 100 jobs and sports at local public schools. Administrators defended their decision, saying they were forced to choose between recreation and education.
In response, Young and others formed the Save Our Sports campaign. They're planning a legislative summit to find out why Mount Vernon is low on educational funding. Supporters are also asking 5,000 people to donate at least $100 each.
According to SOS officials, sports are critical to keeping youths off sometimes dangerous city streets.
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