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STRAFFORD ST UDENT-ATHLETE AWARDS
CHAMPIONS COMMITTED TO KIDS GATORADE PLAY IT FORWARD GRANT

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SPRINGFIELD April 24, 2018 — In its second full season, Missouri Basketball Gat orade State Player of the Year,
Hayley Frank, a warded Champions Committed to Kids with a grant as a part of the Gatorade Play it Forward
initiative.

Sports have seen a double-digit decline over the past decade, largely due to tighter budgets in communities,
but young people that participate in sports are found to be happier, healthier and better students. Gatorade Play
It Forward aims to assist youth sports programs in funding by empowering Gatorade Player of the Year recipients
across the country to award local or national sports organizations with grants that help young athletes reap the
benefits of sport.

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