Anderson joins Boys & Girls Clubs as new athletic director

Rob Anderson, a North Olmsted native and Ohio University graduate, has been named the new athletic director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland.

Anderson, who lives in North Ridgeville, will coordinate all sports activities for BGCC, which serves approximately 8,000 kids each year at its Clubs in Cleveland, Cleveland Heights and East Cleveland. He will work full-time for BGCC during the fall and winter months and continue to serve as director of operations for the Cleveland Baseball Federation during the spring and summer seasons.

Anderson will be creating a Club-wide athletics schedule for BGCC, which has been operating without an athletic director. The Clubs offer a variety of sports and athletic programs, including flag football, basketball and volleyball. In addition, BGCC will start a baseball academy in 2016.

“I’ve been blown away by the opportunities the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland offer to our kids,” Anderson said. “And not just athletics – the music, art, academic and character-focusd programs are outstanding.”

Anderson is a graduate of North Olmsted High School, where he played baseball and basketball. He received a bachelor’s degree in sports management from OU.

“We are really excited to have Robbie on board to coordinate the athletic program for our kids,” said BGCC President Ron Soeder.

Founded in 1954, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland serves youths in Cleveland’s inner-city neighborhoods, Cleveland Heights and East Cleveland. The clubs provide a safe place for children to learn and grow, to develop ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, to engage in life-enhancing programs and to create a culture of hope and opportunity.

BGCC’s mission is to inspire and enable young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.