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Central City youth center gets big payday from Dick's Sporting Goods

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

A youth center in Central City on the break of financial ruin, receives help from a major retailer.

On this June day, with temperatures soaring past 90 degrees, playing basketball on a blacktop is not the coolest thing but playing ball is what this group of kids loves to do, even though the court isn't in the best shape.

"A lot of scrapes and bruises but once you get past the band aids and the calluses, just keep running, that's the only thing we can do," said APEX member Darold Alexander.

They run from the crime and violence that plagues their Central City neighborhood, right into the arms of Lisa Fitzpatrick, the founder of APEX. FOX 8 first told you about Fitzpatrick and her husband Danny earlier this year. They gave up their jobs and spent their life savings to open this center.

"The story that FOX 8 did I guess a couple months ago now, really brought a community awareness of our work here," said Fitzpatrick.

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