Community center gets its game room

From staff reportsOctober 15, 2009 

— Students who visit the Neighbor to Neighbor youth center after school have a new game room, thanks to the efforts of more than 100 volunteers.

The volunteers, led by a team from the Legacy Center in Morrisville, worked through the weekend to turn an unfinished garage into a hangout with pingpong, foosball, pool tables and other games.

The project, valued at more than $20,000, fulfills a wish for Neighbor to Neighbor, a faith-based organization that serves families in one of the Triangle's poorest neighborhoods.

"This is something we've been wanting to do," said executive director Royce Hathcock. "To get a group of people to come in and knock it out like that is awesome."

Between 50 and 100 students visit the youth center on South Blount Street most weekday afternoons to meet with mentors, use computers and do their homework. The game room gives them a safe place to spend time after school, Hathcock said.

The project was put together by the 10-member Visionary N.C. 113 Leadership Team, the 113th team to go through the leadership program at the Legacy Center, a life-coaching company.

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