WESTFIELD - Duke Energy is teaming up with Westfield Youth Sports, Inc. and Grand Park on a youth scholarship program.

This new partnership will allow WYSI to expand its existing scholarship program and can include the purchase of sporting equipment, when needed.

Duke Energy has been a sponsor at Grand Park since 2016 and earmarked a portion of their support for a youth scholarship program to serve families in their service area.

"Youth sports are a virtual classroom, teaching qualities such as teamwork and perseverance," said Mark LaBarr, Duke Energy's community relations manager for Hamilton County. "We're glad to give kids who might not have the resources a chance to participate."

"It's wonderful that Duke Energy shares our philosophy that our youth are our community's most important asset," said Westfield Mayor Andy Cook.

WYSI's existing scholarship program covers registration fees for children who without this financial assistance would not be able to participate. The WYSI Scholarship Program provides opportunities to area youth to participate in recreational team sports because of the physical, mental, and character-building benefits these activities provide.

"WYSI is very excited about this partnership with Duke Energy," said Michael Good, WYSI Vice President. "Our ability to offer scholarships is a critical part of our success and aligns directly with our mission. Duke's involvement will have a positive impact on our athletes."