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  • Why is it ‘easy’ to steal from youth sports?

    Our investigation exposed how a prominent youth sports league that went to the Little League World Series was being ripped off by adult leaders. When we looked statewide, we found gaping loopholes in youth sport finances.
  • "Little Leagues, Big Costs"

    This five-day series chronicles the experiences with youth sports of high school and college athletes and coaches. By establishing "baseline data" that has been previously unreported, Dispatch reporters found a "corrupted" sports program overrun with angry parents and practices that cause severe injury to young athletes. Rising costs and financial competitions are added pressures to the industry.
  • Youth Charity Falls Short of Promise

    The Florida Youth Conservation Corps is a nonprofit designed to provide life-skills training to disadvantaged youth. For these ends, the organization is given millions of dollars in no-bid roadside maintenance contracts. However, this investigation found that the money seems to be going towards travel, sponsoring a little league baseball team in the Dominican Republic, and employing relatives of the executive director, rather than to disadvantaged youth.
  • Net Loss

    In a special report, the New Times reports on gangs and the programs that are in place (or not in place) to prevent them. Rising gang membership and the decline in after-school and summer programs for kids in poor neighborhoods seem to go hand in hand. This four-part series deals with programs that target at-risk kids, the importation of gangs to Phoenix, and problems faced by sports programs and church groups that are trying to make a difference.
  • Pool of Racism

    The owners of the Silsbee Swim Club turned away an African American boy because of his race. Jardell Elam was the only African American on his Little League baseball team. The team had an end-of-the-season swim party at the pool. At the party the owners told several parents and coaches that "black people don't swim in the pool." Wireless microphones recorded the owners later denying two other African American boys entrance.
  • You Paid For It/Pensions

    "The Tampa Police and Firefighters Pension fund is a taxpayer supported retirement program. WFTS discovered Tampa's fund is extremely generous in granting disability retirements compared with other cities. The investigation found one supposedly disabled police pensioner running around a little league field and working as a self defense instructor. Disability pensioners were also found to have never almost never been re-examined by doctors. Yet the standards for receiving these pensions did not always seem fair. WFTS found a quadriplegic former cop who was shot in the line of duty but excluded from a disability pension. "