Up Next: Councilor Khrystian King eyes return of ‘tag days,’ Little Leaguers to Worcester intersections

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The city’s many youth sports organizations are funded in myriad ways. Some more than others. A select few, much more. Private money is not as readily available, or at least has not been as easily tapped, in many neighborhoods.

That’s why a first-term councilor and longtime basketball league official wants to bring back “tag days” to Worcester’s intersections.

Councilor at-Large Khrystian E. King is backing a petition on behalf of East Side Babe Ruth at the Tuesday, April 12, City Council meeting asking to reinstate an ordinance and again allow youth sports leagues to raise funds by soliciting from motorists along sidewalks and in the city’s busy thoroughfares.

Where Cross, East Central and Shamrock streets meet Shrewsbury -- soon Worcester drivers could see the return of little-league "panhandlers" there.

Patrick Sargent / For Worcester Sun

Where Cross, East Central and Shamrock streets meet Shrewsbury — soon Worcester drivers could see the return of little-league “panhandlers” there.

This comes in the wake of the city’s aggressive panhandler ordinances being judged unconstitutional in U.S. District Court in November, loosening restrictions on people who use street corners, stop lights and intersections to ask, sometimes dangerously, for money.

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