The year-long celebration started on Tuesday with a proclamation given to Kids, Inc. by the Amarillo City Council.
The organization started with 11 boys in January 1945 and has now become one of the largest comprehensive youth sports programs in America.
The year-long commemoration of Kids, Inc. is being supported by Amarillo National Bank and United Supermarkets.
Over the next few months Kids, Inc will be highlighting players, coaches, and families who have been impacted by the organization.
A mural will be unveiled in the spring on the side of the kids, inc building depicting the organization’s history in the panhandle.
Kids, Inc estimates it has more than 15,000 players and 4,000 volunteer coaches participating in the program each year.
It also estimated that more than one million people have been impacted by the sports programs throughout the Amarillo area.