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Ballard Bullets Athletic Club accomplishes goals; youth sports now to be coordinated by district coaches
When its board of directors founded the Ballard Bullets Athletic Club in 2017, the goal of the organization was to bring a renewed focus to youth sports in Ballard County. As of Feb. 1, the club no longer will be in a management role, but rather will transition to a supporting role for youth sports. Little league sports now will be coordinated by members of the coaching staff at Ballard County Schools. 
 “I feel very good about what we have accomplished as an organization,” said Brandon Birney, Ballard Bullets president. “We saw opportunities for growth, and with much community support, we were able to make many improvements to our sports programs.”
Sign-ups for spring sports will be held Feb. 20 and 27 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and on March 4 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the BMHS gym at 3561 Paducah Road, Barlow. Available teams will be tee ball for boys and girls, ages 4-6; baseball for boys, ages 7-13 and up; and softball for girls, ages 7-13 and up.
For more information, call Bobby O’Connor at 270-217-9050, or visit the “Ballard Baseball and Softball recreational” Facebook page here.
Since 2017, with funding from many businesses and individual donors, the Ballard Bullets have contributed over $40,000 that directly benefited students who played baseball, softball, tee ball, flag football, basketball, and soccer. It’s estimated that over 500 children have participated in Bullets sports programs.
“We’ve reached a point where we feel like the best direction for the program is to turn the management back over to the Ballard County Schools athletic department,” continued Birney. “We’ve accomplished what we set out to do, and we will continue to offer our support in different capacity.”
Ballard Athletic Director Tim Adams said, “We are very thankful to the Bullets for their leadership and time spent coordinating our youth sports programs for the last five years. Our students have benefited greatly from these programs, and we are grateful to them for their time and commitment.”
Many such improvements include new lighting, bleachers, drainage system, fencing and field maintenance at the Ballard Ball Parks. The tee ball program was revamped to be more competitive and include an end of season tournament with a fireworks display. The Bullets also rekindled the youth soccer program. Many students participated in local travel basketball leagues and tournaments. 
This was all made possible through the leadership of the Ballard Bullets, and the many volunteers and coaches who spent countless hours on this effort.
 “We’d like to thank the community for their overwhelming support of the Bullets,” Birney finished. “Without them, this never would have been possible.”
Board members and volunteers for the Ballard Bullets include Brandon Birney, Kandice Birney, Justin Puckett, Stacy Puckett, Eric Blankenship, Jordan Blankenship, Chad Hayes, Amber Hayes, and Brad Enfinger, Kim Enfinger, Nathan Whipple, and Heather Pace. 
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