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T-Birds raise more than $13,000 for Kent schools

The Thunderbirds Community Sports Foundation and the Seattle Thunderbirds raised $13,752 for Kent School District athletes and athletics through the inaugural Support A Sport Event.

"We are excited about the funds raised for local athletes and athletics as well as the start of the Support A Sport Program," said foundation board member Brenda Farwell. "We look forward to next year and working with the schools in the Kent School District to expand this program."

The event is a fundraising opportunity for the school district. Students, teachers, staff, parents and friends of Kent high schools and middle schools purchased Thunderbirds tickets to the Nov. 21 game against the Kootenay Ice to earn funding for the school of their choice.

The full purchase price of a $24 T-Birds ticket was donated to the Kent school of the purchaser's choice. The T-Birds donated $12 per ticket, and the foundation matched it.

The foundation promotes good health, physical education and academic achievement by providing scholarships and grants for amateur athletes in the Puget Sound region. The funding allows athletes to participate in athletic competitions in team and individual sports, as well as providing grants to local youth and amateur sports associations for equipment and facilities for use in our community.

The foundation has awarded $145,518 to athletic groups since its inception in 2009.

To learn more, visit the foundation's website.

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