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Boys & Girls Club announces $25,000 matching challenge with The Mosaic Company in honor of local Arcadian trailblazer Coach Richard Bowers

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Coach Richard Bowers with Louis and Gloria Flanzer Boys & Girls Club members
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties announced a $25,000 matching challenge with The Mosaic Company at a groundbreaking ceremony of its Louis and Gloria Flanzer Boys & Girls Club on February 12.

The expansion of the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Boys & Girls Club, which is located at 18 School Ave. in Arcadia, FL, will include a renovation of the historic Smith-Brown Recreation Center. The structure will be transformed into a multi-purpose gymnasium for hundreds of youth with designated space for physical activities, project-based learning and enrichment programs that further fosters positive youth development.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties will include tributes to the Smith-Brown’s significant impact on the community including local trailblazer, beloved coach and former teacher at the Smith-Brown School, Coach Richard Bowers.

“In honor of Coach Bowers dedicating his lifelong career to empowering Arcadia’s youth as an educator and coach, the gymnasium floor will be named the ‘Coach Richard Bowers Court,” said Bill Sadlo, President/CEO at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties. “We are honored to recognize Coach Bowers and showcase his lifelong commitment to help children and teens across DeSoto County reach their full potential with help from The Mosaic Company.”

The Mosaic Company will match individual contributions 1:1, up to $25,000, and support the Coach Richard Bowers Court at the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Boys & Girls Club.

“Mosaic is proud to play a role in this well-deserved honor for Coach Bowers’ lifetime commitment to education and DeSoto County’s students,” said Heather Nedley, Public Affairs and Community Relations Manager at Mosaic. “If you went to DeSoto County schools, you know who Coach Bowers is and naming the gym floor in his honor signifies the impact he has made on generations of youth in our community.”

For more information or to make a contribution to the Coach Richard Bowers Court Challenge, please click here or call 941-366-3911.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties has been a leading youth-serving organization in Sarasota County and its surrounding area since 1970, and provides enriching after-school and summer programs to thousands of youth, ages 6 to 18, in Sarasota, Venice, North Port and Arcadia. The organization’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need services the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The programs are designed to empower youth to excel in school, become leaders, adopt healthy habits and create plans for success after high school graduation. For more information, visit or call 941-366-3911.


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