The Robert and Joan Lee and Gene Matthews Boys & Girls Clubs were recently selected by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) to receive the 2016 ALL STARS grant funded by Buffalo Wild Wings.
The ALL STARS grant is committed to support Clubs in designing and implementing a quality organized football league. The goal is to fortify the long-term well-being of our youth, families and communities by increasing opportunities for physical activity, social interaction and recognition through organized sports programming. With this ALL STARS grant, our two Clubs received football jerseys, coaches training, consultation and training from BGCA. Since August, more than 150 of our youth have participated in this program.
Robert and Joan Lee Boys & Girls Club Director Michael Stevens said, "The program is successful due to the fact that it is a first of its kind at the Club. Members were very excited about having this program start up. The members really take ownership of their teams."
Stevens also said that although there is one staff running the program, the members are the ones calling their own plays and making their own substitutions. Some members have even stepped up and taken on a leadership role for their team.
That same sense of pride at the Robert and Joan Lee Boys & Girls Club was seen at the Gene Matthews Boys & Girls Club throughout this program. The members have shown great pride in the jerseys that they received through the grant, chanting their team colors, making team names and encouraging everyone on the team shows up for game day.
"The participating Club members truly feel a sense of belonging to their team, and their relationships with their peers and staff have grown stronger," said Gene Matthews Boys & Girls Club Director Wayne Ard.