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February 04th, 2023

hugs donation to rec centerTravis Martinez and Matt Quint, center, stop for a photo with the Liberal City Commission Monday evening after being presented with a donation from the HUGS program earlier that day. Martinez said he was very excited to receive the donation which will go toward helping make the Recreation Center more open for people with special needs. L&T photo/Elly GrimmSouthern Pioneer Electric

 

Southern Pioneer Electric HUGS team members met with representatives of the Liberal Recreation Department Monday to present a $10,000 Helping Us Give to Society (HUGS) grant. 

Travis Martinez, Assistant Director, said the grant will fund the new Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program.

“We started the program in 2022 and had great success,” Martinez said, “with the help of the HUGS grant, we’ll be able to improve the program and better serve our special needs community in Liberal and the surrounding areas.”

Martinez said The Adaptive Sports Program will give adults and students the opportunity to participate in sports and events like stretching, T-ball, volleyball, dancing and more. The program will also focus on encouraging participants to stay mobile and fit through exercise.

“The Liberal Recreation Department is working hard to ensure all members of the Liberal community, and those around us, can lead an active and healthy lifestyle,” Ruby Terrazas, Southern Pioneer energy services coordinator and H.U.G.S team member, said. “We hope this grant will go a long way towards helping them continue to do so.”

Southern Pioneer Electric Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pioneer Electric Cooperative, is headquartered out of Ulysses. Southern Pioneer Electric Company has local offices in Liberal and Medicine Lodge. 

Southern Pioneer Electric Company serves approximately 17,200 customers and operates in 10 counties and 34 communities. Southern Pioneer Electric Company's service territory stretches east from Liberal to Medicine Lodge and north to Kingman and back west to Greensburg. 

Southern Pioneer Electric Company is dedicated to providing customers with safe and reliable electric service. For more information about the HUGS program, please contact Vice President of Energy Services Anita Wendt at 620.424.5271 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..