Pool table donated to Art Thompson Teen Center

Photo/Anthony Victoria: Jonathan Cardenas playing billiards at the Art Thompson Teen Center.
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Adolescents that spend their time at the Art Thompson Teen Center now have a new activity to participate in.

The California Trucking Association donated a brand new pool table to Colton’s Community Service Department on Tuesday March 14.

According to Association Chairwoman Tiffany Leal and member Wayne Teece, money to purchase and donate the pool table came from their annual Golf Tournament, which is held in memory of Art Thompson.

Thompson, Teece explained, was an active member of the California Trucking Association for over 30 years and devoted his time to providing opportunities for the city’s youth.

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“He loved kids,” Teece told dozens of teens who attended a small reception at the center. “I’m absolutely certain he’s looking down right now and smiling.”

The thousands of dollars raised every year by the California Trucking Association is allocated towards improving community programs. Leal confirmed her organization plans on donating more items to the city in the near future.

“I think it’s great what [the city] is doing here,” said Leal. “I’m hoping we can give back some more.”

Community Services Director Deb Farrar said many of the kids are excited about playing billiards. “It’s a game that is very entertaining, but also mathematical and strategic,” she said.

Daniel Hernandez, 17, agrees that learning to play billiards will provide an exciting challenge for himself and peers.

“We all needed a new activity to keep us busy,” Hernandez said. “Getting this new table means a lot to me personally.”

Farrar said the California Trucking Association’s donation is a reminder of Thompson’s long-lasting legacy of helping others.

“This speaks volumes,” Farrar said. “This further demonstrates that his legacy lives on.”

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