Last week, the Champlin Park Youth Lacrosse Association (CPYLA) presented a $750 check to help a Dayton family of an Air Force National Guard member.

Over the summer, Champlin Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (BTYR) was contacted by the Air Force National Guard to help a local family. The husband and father of two children under the age of 5 within the family was scheduled to be deployed mid-June through February 2020.

The National Guard member and former Champlin resident expressed concern over having his yard taken care of and driveway plowed during his time away. According to Chris Barber, Champlin BTYR chairperson, the organization was able to find a local company to do both the lawn care and snow removal at an extremely reduced rate.

Prior to the local service member’s deployment, CPYLA reached out to Champlin BTYR looking for an opportunity to give back to the community. The youth lacrosse players were gearing up to host a two-day, season kickoff tournament with 58 teams and a few thousand attendees. Due to high attendance and the desire to give back, CPYLA infused a fund-raiser into the tournament.

Consequently, the youth sports program donated $750 to Champlin BTYR to be used for the Dayton family’s lawn care and snow removal on Thursday, Sept. 12.

The Champlin BTYR is dedicated to connecting service members and their families with community support, training, services and resources. Barber said the group is “always looking for volunteers as well as veterans, service members and their family’s to help.”

To find out more about Champlin BTYR, visit ci.champlin.mn.us/beyond-the-yellow-ribbon.

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