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Sno-King Youth Club cuts 2 positions

Series: Coronavirus | Story 309

Last updated 11/24/2020 at 11:56am

Sno-King Youth Club, which has been serving youth through sports in the Edmonds, Lynnwood, Shoreline, and Mountlake Terrace communities for 40-plus years, has not escaped the pandemic-related financial hardship.

It announced last week that it will be reducing staff "in hopes of weathering the storm."

The organization made the decision to reduce the staff of three to just one, with Adam Quaintance remaining executive director.

This will enable Sno-King Youth Club to continue to provide sports programs to the youth in the area," said Quaintance.

"(Athletic Director) Ryan Camden and (Athletic Coordinator) Janelle Hammer have been excellent team members, helping continue and improve on the work the staff and leaders before them set for Sno-King Youth Club and FC Edmonds.

"Their dedication to this club and the youth of the area has exceeded my expectations. I have a strong hope that we can revisit our staffing model after this pandemic ends. In the meantime, we'll continue to provide as many opportunities as possible within the current guidelines."

Quaintance said the cuts were a tough decision, as many boardmembers were also past participants in Sno-King Youth Club.

Quaintance said there are two things people can do to support the club.

– Register for winter sports now: Although the details for winter soccer and flag football are still evolving, Quaintance said he needs to have the numbers to form leagues, pay fees and move ahead.

"We acknowledge there is wariness about playing, and that extensive safety measures will complicate the normal flow and feel of what we are all used to," he said. "A strong early registration showing will help the health of our organization for this winter and beyond."

– Donate and/or sponsor: Cancellation of spring, summer, and most of the fall programs has taken a financial hit on the organization.

"Consider donating to keep the organization around for years to come," said Quaintance. "Sponsorship of teams is a key to our funding model. If you want to sponsor your child's team or think a friend or relatives would be interested, please email [email protected] to sponsor a team this winter."

Info: http://www.skyc.net.


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