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Still time to join bowling teams for Saturday’s event

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ARTESIA — Stacy Heacox runs the Eddy County Office of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern New Mexico and she is heading into the final days before this weekend’s Bowl For Kids Sake, and that means there’s still plenty of preparation.

She said it will take place this Saturday, Feb. 24, at Artesia Lanes at 1701 Tumbleweed Road and it will start at 1 p.m.

“We did lose a couple of teams due to scheduling conflicts,” she said.

“We’ve got some sponsors now and we’ve got most of our prizes in order,” she added.

She said HollyFrontier has signed up 19 teams, “they’re doubling up some lanes for their individual session and one team is bowling in the afternoon.”

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Heacox added, “HollyFrontier fills up an entire session every year. Debbie Bell, (community affairs administrator) is on the ball.”

Teams from Central Valley Electric-Energy Staffing Services, Artesia General Hospital and the New Mexico Department of Workforce Connections are also participating.

The Artesia Downtown Lions Club will have two teams, according to Heacox.

Last year around $16,000 was raised and this year Heacox said they are hoping to raise around $20,000.

She said there is still time to sign up as the cost is $100 a person for a five-person team.

“You can still sign up a couple of days before the event,” she said.

Heacox said the job of her organization is to match children with strong mentors and she said the need for those mentors is great in Eddy County.

For people who might be concerned about today’s youth, Heacox said there are some high school students who act as a mentor to the younger kids in the community.

“The high school is really great to work with here,” she said.

Heacox said high school kids and adults who volunteer with BBBS go through an extensive background check.

Heacox added if anyone wants to sign up for bowling or to become a volunteer they can call her at 575-910-1882.

She’s inviting people to, “swing by the bowling alley to find out more about Big Brothers Big Sisters.”

General assignment reporter Mike Smith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 307, or at sports2@rdrnews.com.