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Cherokee Village--Tiffany Blankenship Reports

Horseshoe Showdown Benefits Arkansas Sheriffs' Youth Ranches

May 15, 2005--Posted at 8:00 p.m. CDT

CHEROKEE VILLAGE--It's all in the name of sports and kids ... Cherokee Village is using an old pastime to help children in need.

20 members of the Cherokee Village horseshoe pitchers are racking up the points ...

Cherokee Village Horseshoe Pitcher Secretary Walter Brown says, "One point for a close shoe or a leaner and three points for a ringer."

But it's about more than just a ringer,

It's a benefit for the Arkansas Sheriffs' Youth Ranch ...

Martin Carpenter of the Arkansas Youth Ranch Visitor's Board says, "It's just a place where kids can come they are having problems at home, if they need some extra guidance, maybe having trouble in school, just really needing some extra help."

And these guys brought some serious game ...

Ranch Development Officer JaNoel Bess says, "It brought together some of our senior citizens as well as some of our younger citizens in the area."

You could say that ... The oldest team has a combined age of 163 and the youngest, 21.

It's a showdown that has a small fee for the living expense and extra curricular activity of the six boys staying at the Cherokee Village Ranch.

Youth Ranch Visitor's Board Member George Ann Dauck says, "One of the goals is to build an exercise room for the young men so they can have their weight equipment and maybe a half court gym just to make some general improvements."

Much needed improvements to a beautiful setting that's changing young lives.

"I've been to the campus. It's just absolutely beautiful. It's and it's a wonderful place to raise children. Its a wonderful place to help children," Dauk says.

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