Knox Unite chapter earns national recognition

By Jay Nolan

Congressman Hal Rogers will honor Knox County Unite. On Tuesday, Feb. 17. The congressman, along with Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and Michael Botticelli, Acting Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, will all be at the EKU Center in Manchester. They will recognize and honor outstanding community coalitions for their volunteer efforts. Our local Unite group will be honored for their extensive work with youth.

Proof of how much the local chapter does and how worthy they are to earn recognition was obvious during the chairman’s report to members at their monthly meeting Tuesday.

“Our Unite Upward Basketball league practices just began… Over 200 kids will be participating this year,” Claudia Greenwood, Chair of the local Unite chapter, reported.  Hosted again by the first Baptist Church, the games run for six weeks beginning on Saturday, Feb. 14.

The group also announced they had won grant funding for two local projects to help keep young people off drugs by providing other and better options for them to pursue. Unite revealed grants went to the East Barbourville Church’s “Center Shot Ministries Archery program,” and the Knox Middle & High School’s “Free Tee Program Start-Up.” They also were able to help Knox County High School obtain some equipment for their archery program.

Knox Unite started and/or supports a HOFNOD (Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs) program for young people, a “Fright Night” program at Halloween, and the “Unite on the Move” program, along with several others.

“I am proud of this group,” said Tom Vicini, coalition liaison from Operation Unite headquarters. “I hope a lot of you will come out and show your support for them at this event on the 17th.”