Orangeburg County organizations to provide summer activities for youth


From Orangeburg to Eutawville, various recreation groups work to entertain local youth with sports and activities.

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC — With summer vacation approaching, groups in Orangeburg County are working to bring more youth activities to the area.

Thursday is the Orangebourg YMCA‘s Day of Give. As part of the Columbia Association of the YMCA, it aims to raise $66,000 which will be used to continue to cover the cost of recreation programs for those who cannot afford them.

“You know, for the programs we have like swimming lessons. We are in an area like Orangeburg County where we have one of the highest drowning rates in the state of South Carolina. You know, this program is vital to this community,” said YMCA of Orangeburg Executive Director Demetrius Hardy.

Throughout the day, members and staff signed up to participate in a fundraising walk and marathon.

You can donate online to the Columbia YMCA here.

Our donation day continues with activities throughout the day! Join us by donating online or in person to support…

posted by YMCA of Orangeburg County on Thursday, April 28, 2022

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More in Eutawville, there is more effort being made to bring activities to the area. Coach Tyler Rather tries to expand the little league baseball program.

“Now I think the only thing we have to offer in Eutawville is baseball, and of course we have the T-ball for the little ones, and the coach field, and we have the little league,” Rather said. “But, they’re actually talking about trying to do more sports. If they can have more kids, then we can have more sports and more things for the kids to do in Eutawville.”

Instead says the town is working on doing a free week-long summer program at the Eutawville Community Center. He says it would give young people in the area the opportunity to spend time outdoors.

For more information on youth activities in Eutawville, call City Hall at (803)-492-3374.

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