National Boys & Girls Clubs Week will be celebrated in Cleveland

Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland will highlight the impact of Clubs and how its trained youth development professionals help kids reach their full potential; Theme: ‘A Place to Become…A Superhero’

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, which serves an average of nearly 1,000 kids each day, is inviting the Greater Cleveland community to help it celebrate National Boys & Girls Club Week April 9-13.

The weeklong special celebration offers the general public the opportunity to experience the life changing programs BGCC offers to children and teens in Cleveland. BGCC is joining 4,300 Boys & Girls Clubs across America and on U.S. military installations worldwide to showcase why Clubs are “A Place to Become…”

BGCC helps kids reach their full potential through outcome driven-programs that encourage youth to make healthy choices, build strong character and succeed academically. In 2017, BGCC served 6,909 youth at 15 sites. Average daily attendance was up 7.3%. Club member Tamara Thomas was recently honored as the 2018 Ohio Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year. “Day in and day out, our staff and mentors deliver quality experiences that make a difference in a youth’s life beyond their time at the Club,” said BGCC President and CEO Ron Soeder. “Research shows that kids who have an optimal experience at our Clubs are also more likely to have positive self-esteem, volunteer, and be engaged in school. National Boys & Girls Club Week is a special time when we welcome the community to witness the amazing impact Clubs have on the lives of kids and teens.” BGCC’s theme for the week will be “A Place to Become…A Superhero.” In addition to our regular Club activities, kids and staff at all sites will highlight how you can become a superhero without being famous.

Planned activities during National Boys & Girls Club Week at BGCC include:

• Monday: Be a Hero to Others (Club service and volunteer projects, anti-bullying and kindness activities). Also, graphic design instruction will take place at the King Kennedy Club, 2561 E. 59th St., Cleveland, from 5-7 p.m.

• Tuesday: Law Enforcement Heroes (Kids engage local law enforcement officers in pool, ping-pong and basketball contests). In addition, fashion design classes will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. at our Franklin D. Roosevelt Club, 800 Linn Drive, Cleveland; Band practice takes place from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the Walton Club, 3409 Walton Ave., Cleveland. • Wednesday: Hero Wellness (The superhero diet, health habits and fitness activities). In addition, playoffs in the age-13-and-under division of our Catch Me If You Can basketball league will take place from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Broadway Club, 6114 Broadway Ave., Cleveland. • Thursday: Everyday Heroes (Essays about your everyday hero, family activities, including parent/member 8 ball, UNO and 3-point shooting contests). Also, from 3-6 p.m., volunteers from Group Management Systems will help kids with homework and engage in other afterschool activities at the Broadway Club. • Friday: Favorite Hero (Members will make masks, capes and costumes associated with their favorite heroes). In addition, playoffs in the age 14-16 division of our Catch Me If You Can basketball league will take place from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Broadway Club. At the same Club, judging for a spoken-word contest will happen in the afternoon. • Saturday: Baseball skills training takes place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Broadway Club. Soeder invited the community to observe one of these activities or schedule a Club tour. To schedule a visit, contact BGCC at (216) 883-2106 Ext. 250 or . Click here to find out more about BGC Week in Cleveland. To learn more about the programs and activities offered by BGCC, visit www.clevekids.org.

• Tuesday: Law Enforcement Heroes (Kids engage local law enforcement officers in pool, ping-pong and basketball contests). In addition, fashion design classes will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. at our Franklin D. Roosevelt Club, 800 Linn Drive, Cleveland; Band practice takes place from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the Walton Club, 3409 Walton Ave., Cleveland.

• Wednesday: Hero Wellness (The superhero diet, health habits and fitness activities). In addition, playoffs in the age-13-and-under division of our Catch Me If You Can basketball league will take place from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Broadway Club, 6114 Broadway Ave., Cleveland.

• Thursday: Everyday Heroes (Essays about your everyday hero, family activities, including parent/member 8 ball, UNO and 3-point shooting contests). Also, from 3-6 p.m., volunteers from Group Management Systems will help kids with homework and engage in other afterschool activities at the Broadway Club.

• Friday: Favorite Hero (Members will make masks, capes and costumes associated with their favorite heroes). In addition, playoffs in the age 14-16 division of our Catch Me If You Can basketball league will take place from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Broadway Club. At the same Club, judging for a spoken-word contest will happen in the afternoon.

• Saturday: Baseball skills training takes place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Broadway Club.

Soeder invited the community to observe one of these activities or schedule a Club tour. To schedule a visit, contact BGCC at (216) 883-2106 Ext. 250 or . Click here to find out more about BGC Week in Cleveland. To learn more about the programs and activities offered by BGCC, visit www.clevekids.org.