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Louisville YMCA program promotes education, athletics among young kids

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - A non-profit in Louisville says it's leading by example, teaching young kids they can take control of their lives.

"Let The Kids Grow," is a partnership between the YMCA and rapper and documentary-maker, "Master P."

Its main goal is to focus on kids 8-12, using basketball, education and leadership training.

Organizers say if you don't get ahold of a young person by the time they're 12, it'll be more difficult to reach them.

That's why they're bringing in families of murder victims, showing kids how their actions now can affect them later in life.

"I look at these pictures (of my son), and it seems like just yesterday he was playing Little League football. And now he's gone," said Darius Miller, whose son was murdered in 2013. "I like to come help ... with something like this because ... I don't want to see another parent go through what I went through."

Several U of L basketball players, including Terry Rozier, Anton Gill and Akoy Agau spoke to the kids at the YMCA on Saturday.

Right now there are currently 75 kids in the program.

They hope to add even more this fall.

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