TUPPER LAKE - Apparently, shooting paintball guns makes cross-country skiing more appealing to kids.
Tupper Lake Youth Activities Director Mike Fritts told the town council Monday night that he has 10 more kids signed up for the cross-country ski club this year already than the 27 he had last year. He said he's hoping for 50 by the time the ski season gets here.
"It's definitely drawing kids in," Fritts said.
Tupper Lake town Youth Activities Director Mike Fritts shows off one of five paintball guns kids will use this winter in biathlon events as part of the town’s youth cross-country ski program.
(Enterprise photo — Jessica Collier)
He bought five paintball guns, for about $100 a gun including a carbon-dioxide tank, which he plans to use in biathlon events with the kids in the cross-country program.
The purchase was made possible through a $2,000 grant from the Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund.
Fritts said the organization was excited to help with the program because several Olympic biathletes are from this region, and it's their goal to cultivate that kind of interest in children.