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As the first signs of Autumn begin to appear with crisper air and changing colors, we have one more holiday weekend to soak up our favorite summer activities—get out and enjoy it!

September brings the flurry of back-to-school, shorter days and a faster pace. And with the return of the school year comes fall sports for many students, which is the focus of this issue of Bend Lifestyle.

In this issue, we take a closer look at six teenage athletes who balance the demands of vigorous training with schoolwork. Prepare to be inspired by their dedication and talent!

We tell the story of how rugby is gaining momentum in Central Oregon as an up-and-coming youth sport. And we highlight an assistance program in our community that makes it possible for kids to participate in sports when it otherwise may not have been possible.

This issue also spotlights a helpful resource that comes in handy with back-to-school . . . check out our article on the “Book a Librarian” program at the Deschutes Public Library.

We especially thank our advertising partners who make this magazine possible. When you visit these local businesses, please tell them you saw their ad here, on the pages of Bend Lifestyle.

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