BGCC in the news

Coverage of our work and our people in local, regional and national media outlets

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11.30.2017 In the wake of street violence, WEWS points to our Clubs as places where kids can be safe and have fun.

11.27.2017 Fresh Water Cleveland lists purchasing our kids’ hot sauce as one way to support a worthy charity on Giving Tuesday.

11.23.2017’s Chris Quinn urges support for our Clubs in a Thanksgiving column about the ‘A Greater Cleveland’ series.

11.20.2017 John Pana of covers the Cleveland Cavaliers holiday dinner event at our Broadway Club.

11.12.2017 NBA-TV’s Inside Stuff runs a feature on Isaiah Thomas’s visit to East Tech.

11.8.2017 FOX Sports Ohio interviews Ron Soeder and Allen Smith as part of its coverage of the Isaiah Thomas appearance at East Tech High School.

11.1.2017 Geauga News announces Isaiah Thomas’s appearance to kick off our Catch Me If You Can basketball program.

11.1.2017 Alys Virzi and Antonae Norris appear on WKYC’s Donovan Live to talk about our new hot sauce.

10.30.2017 Smart Business does a story on our Pathway to Resilience program.

10.29.2017 Common Pleas Judge Joan Synenberg, a Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance board member, writes an op-ed piece on a jail listening tour for

10.26.2017 Geauga News reports on the new hot sauce produced with peppers from our CLUB Crops farm program.

10.20.2017’s Courtney Astolfi reports on Sammy Rangel’s appearance at the Choose Peace 5k Run/Walk.

10.19.2017 Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance Director Sharyna Cloud appears on WTAM’s Bill Wills Show to promote the Choose Peace 5k Run.

10.12.2017 WVIZ Ideastream’s NewsDepth program salutes the team from Heights Youth Club, winners of the In It To Win It academic challenge.

10.4.2017 WEWS does a story on Cleveland Indians prospect Triston McKenzie’s visit to Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland.

10.4.2017 Geauga News story on the Choose Peace 5k Run/Walk benefitting Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance.

10.2.2017 The Geauga News does a story on Andre Reed’s literacy program tour before it stops at our Walton Club.

9.24.2017 Allen Smith, our director of operations, writes a Sun News/ column on the importance of fatherhood.

9.13.2017 WTAM radio reports on the launch of our Career Readiness Certificate program.

9.11.2017 Frank Wiley Jr. of WEWS interviews kids, BGCC staff members and a KeyBank representative about the Career Readiness Certificate program.

9.8.2017 previews the start of the Career Readiness Certificate program, supported by KeyBank and the Cleveland Browns.

8.29.2017’s installment in the ‘A Greater Cleveland’ series explores how one youth is beating the odds, thanks in part to our Clubs.

8.15.2017 Geauga News reports on the opening of two new BGCC teen centers.

8.14.2017 The Plain Dealer’s ‘A Greater Cleveland’ series explores the importance of a table to one family.

8.14.2017 Our Ron Soeder writes a column on common-sense solutions to gun violence.

8.13.2017’s Mark Naymik talks to kids at our King Kennedy Club about their hopes for the future.

8.8.2017 Chris Quinn, president and editor of Advance Ohio and, talks about the upcoming ‘A Greater Cleveland’ series in a column.

8.7.2017 WEWS interviews one of our kids for a story on changes in the state’s truancy law.

8.4.2017 Cleveland Patch publishes a story on Pathway to Resilience.

8.1.2017 Watch WOIO’s report on the discussion between Pathway to Resilience participants and supporters.

8.1.2017 WEWS reports on Pathway to Resilience, our job training program for at-risk young adults.

7.28.2017 Our Ron Soeder and Myesha Crowe appear on Fox 8’s Morning Show to promote the upcoming Common Ground discussion.

7.21.2017 WKYC covers the Carlos Santana bowling event benefitting our Clubs.

7.11.2017 The Plain Dealer’s Chuck Yarborough pens a feature on Montage, a group of high school musicians who rehearse in our recording studio.

7.11.2017 Frank Wiley Jr. of WEWS reports on the relocation of our East Cleveland Club and the benefits for our members.

7.8.2017 Our Jazmine Walker and author Ladosha Wright appear on WKYC to discuss efforts to promote reading.

7.8.2017 Our Broadway Club is featured in the special publication put out by GardenWalk Cleveland.

7.2.2017 Staff member Brandon Delk writes a column on police-youth relations.

6.30.2017 The Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s News Bureau reports on the new teen center at East Tech High School.

6.29.2017’s Leila Atassi reports on Taco Bell’s $1 million commitment to our Clubs.

6.28.2017 Marc Bona of interviews our kids for a piece on memories of people making their first trip to the ballpark.

6.27.2017 WOIO features volunteer superhero Kristy Amy, whose Soul to Soul program provides shoes for our kids.

6.26.2017 The relocation of our East Cleveland Club to the Salvation Army center is featured by the Geauga News.

6.21.2017 The Geauga News reports on our top rating from Charity Navigator.

6.13.2017 WKYC covers the kickoff of our celebrity reading series in the  new Soeder Family Garden.

6.11.2017 Chris Quinn, president and editor of Advance Ohio, writes about the ‘A Greater Cleveland’ initiative.

6.8.2017 posts a story on the NBA Cares/Cavs unveiling of the new East Tech Teen Center space.

6.8.2017 WKYC covers a visit by Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana to our Luis Munoz Marin Club.

6.2.2017’s Brenda Cain reports on a surprising project involving KeyBank interns and our kids.

5.27.2017 Geauga News writes about the start of our new celebrity reading series.

5.26.2017 WEWS anchor Frank Wiley reports on our efforts to improve police-community relations with the support of the Larry Doby Youth Fund.

5.21.2017 Mary Macias, co-founder of BGCC partner Footpath Foundation, writes about the importance of kids getting outdoors.

5.13.2017 Geauga News reports on ‘Beauty as it Opposes Darkness,’ our spring arts performance.

5.8.2017 Advance Ohio’s Chris Quinn writes about’s partnership with BGCC to help create stronger neighborhoods.

5.2.2017’s Brenda Cain reports on the success of the Nestle National Fitness Challenge.

5.2.2017 Frank Wiley Jr. of WEWS reports on our Notes for Notes Studio.

4.29.2017 WKYC reports on the Girl League event in which our kids participated.

4.15.2017 WKYC covers our Easter Eggstravaganza at the Broadway Club.

4.12.2017 WEWS reports on the charitable donations made by the Cleveland Indians to BGCC.

4.10.2017 Community Day at two Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant gets coverage on

4.6.2017 WJW Fox 8 reports on the Kids Foot Locker Foundation Fitness Challenge with Kevin Love.

4.6.2017 Watch WKYC’s report on the Kids Foot Locker Foundation Fitness Challenge and the $10,000 donation to our Clubs.

4.6.2017 reports on the Kids Foot Locker Foundation Fitness Challenge with Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

4.2.2017 Youth of the Year Miryne Thomas publishes a column on and in the Sun News.

3.28.2017 posts a slideshow on the ring ceremony at John Adams High School.

3.28.2017 WKYC reports on a special ceremony in which the Cleveland Cavaliers presented Club kids with replica championship rings.

3.15.2017 Cleveland Jewish News runs a story on the appointment of Michael Chesney to the BGCC Board of Directors.

3.15.2017 Hospitality Industry reports on our participation in the opening of a new Ruth’s Chris Steak House in  Cleveland.

3.14.2017 The Geauga News reports on the naming of Miryne Thomas as our Youth of the Year.

3.10.2017 covers our Breakfast of Champions, which honored Youth Champion of the Year Paul Dolan and Youth of the Year Miryne Thomas.

3.10.2017 The Diocese of Cleveland reports on the naming of Cleveland Central Catholic senior Miryne Thomas as our Youth of the Year.

2.26.2017 NASDAQ posts Lexus Spence wedding story on its news feed.

2.25.2017 WFMY (Greensboro, N.C.) carries story on King Kennedy Club wedding.

2.25.2017 The Plain Dealer covers the Tri-C High School Rock Off Final Exam, with BGCC-affiliated group Montage finishing second.

2.24.2017 Story on the Lexus Spence wedding on WKYC.

2.24.2017 Fox 8 carries a story on the wedding at our King Kennedy Club.

2.24.2017’s Rachel Keck posts a video on the marriage of Lexus Spence and Roy Edwards.

2.24.2017 WEWS and anchor Frank Wiley Jr. file a story on the Lexus Spence wedding.

2.19.2017 BGCC President and CEO Ron Soeder writes a guest column for titled, “We all pay a price for street violence.”

2.16.2017’s Leila Atassi reports that Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance will play a key role in Mayor Frank Jackson’s plans to quell street violence and improve the lives of inner-city youth.

2.3.2017 Enhanced Online News reports on United Healthcare’s NERF ENERGY event at the Broadway Club.

1.20.2017 Fox 8 News in Cleveland files a story on the Kyrie-Kids Foot Locker event.

1.20.2017 ABC News reports on Kyrie Irving’s message to our Club kids.

1.20.2017 Associated Press reporter Tom Withers covers Kyrie Irving’s appearance at our Broadway Club.

1.14.2017 The News-Herald reports on our band’s upcoming performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1.10.2017 Scene lists the performance by our band kids as one of the events marking the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1.6.2017 Our Ron Soeder talks about a new literacy initiative on the premiere of WKYC’s We The People.


12.9.2016 Our new jobs partnership with Resilience Capital Partners merits a ‘cheer’ from The Plain Dealer editorial board.

12.8.2016 WKYC lists our winter arts extravaganza as one of five things to do in Cleveland this weekend.

12.8.2016 Crain’s Cleveland Business reports on our career-readiness partnership with Resilience Capital Partners.

12.7.2016 The Plain Dealer reports on Pathway to Resilience, a new program in which BGCC and Resilience Capital Partners are partnering to put at-risk teens and young adults on a career path.

12.6.2016’s Leila Atassi reports that Cleveland City Council has allocated money to Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance to embed a ‘violence interrupter’ in the University Hospitals emergency room.

12.2.2016 The Geauga News publishes a story about the $15,000 grant BGCC received from The GE Foundation.

11.28.2016 West Shore Sun columnist Carol Kovach reports on the hiring of Westlake native Alyz VIrzi.

11.25.2016 Sun News columnist ‘Sam’ Boyer reports on the appointment of Alys Virzi as BGCC’s new farm manager.

10.31.2016 WEWS-TV reports that Cleveland Indians World Series watch parties generated $330,000 for local charities, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland.

10.31.2016 The Geauga News reports on the Triple Play grants we received from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

10.27.2016 The New Yorker features two of our Saint Luke’s staffers in a photo essay on first-time voters.

10.24.2016 Cleveland State University’s student newspaper, The Cauldron, runs a story on a new volunteer partnership between CSU and BGCC.

10.24.2016 Cool Cleveland runs a story on the new pollinator garden at our Broadway Club.

10.20.2016’s Leila Atassi-Coppola reports on the latest  efforts by Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance to quell violence in our neighborhoods.

10.1.2016 In its blog, Social Solutions calls the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland’s annual report one of the five best nonprofit reports in the nation.

9.17.2016 WEWS covers the march for suicide awareness supported by our Broadway Club.

9.14.2016 A march for suicide awareness — one supported by our Broadway Club — is previewed in The Neighborhood News.

9.14.2016 The Neighborhood News runs a story on our new Club at Garfield Heights Middle School.

9.10.2016 Brunswick Post columnist Melissa Martin runs a story on Renata Fossen Brown.

9.1.2016 Sun Press columnist Jeff Piorkowski reports on the appointment of Renata Fossen Brown to the BGCC staff.

8.17.2016 A story in The Geauga News features the five local teens who served Bank of America internships with us this summer.

8.17.2016 WKYC runs a story on our launch of a LEGO Robotics program.

8.10.2016 The Solon Times reports on Nestlé’s volunteer effort at the National Fitness Competition, which included more than 200 of our Club members.

7.29.2016 Councilman Zack Reed’s Ward 2 Informer reports on improvements to our John Adams Teen Center, courtesy of the Cavs and NBA Cares.

7.25.2016 WKYC’s Alyssa Raymond reports on how we are training our Club members to do news reporting with video.

7.25.2016 USA Boxing releases video on Club kid and Olympic boxer Charles Conwell of Cleveland Heights.

7.24.2016 PBS Newshour’s Student Reporting Labs report on the Republican National Convention includes interviews with members of our John Adams Teen Center.

7.22.2016 The Laura Flanders Show interviews Jamal Collins, our graphic arts instructor, about the Cleveland not always on display during the Republican National Convention.

7.21.2016 Education Week takes a break from the Republican National Convention to report on two of our initiatives: a recording studio and an entrepreneurial farm program. (Free access)

7.18.2016 reports Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland is one of the organizations chosen to take part in a mentorship program created by U.S. Rep. James Renacci.

7.17.2016 On the eve of the Republican National Convention, The New York Times looks at Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood, which includes our Broadway Club.

7.11.2016 Slam magazine runs a story on Kyrie Irving’s shoe donation.

7.9.2016 WKYC covers Kyrie Irving’s donation of 190 pairs of Nike sneakers to our kids.

7.6.2016 SportsTime Ohio talks to BGCC President Ron Soeder about our relationship with the Cleveland Indians during an interview before the Indians-Tigers game.

7.3.2016 Fresh Water Cleveland reports on our new recording studio.

6.9.2016 story and video on the NBA Cares Live, Learn and Play project at John Adams

6.9.2016 WKYC’s Sara Shookman covers the unveiling of the NBA Cares improvements at our John Adams Teen Center.

6.6.2016 Ron Soeder is a guest on WCPN’s Sound of Ideas, where he discussed our summer programs.

6.2.2016 Sara Shookman of WKYC and Club member Joseph Thomas record a public service announcement for our Race for Kids.

6.1.2016 WCPN’s Tony Ganzer interviews Ron Soeder and Sharyna Cloud about our takeover of Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance.

5.29.2016 A Plain Dealer analysis discusses Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance’s role in curbing youth violence.

5.26.2016 Sun News reports on Bridgestone Credit Division’s contribution to BGCC.

5.26.2016 Leila Atassi of The Plain Dealer and reports on the discussions between Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance and Cure Violence.

5.26.2016 The Plain Dealer’s Chuck Yarborough writes about our new Notes for Notes recording studio.

5.9.2016 Dennis Kucler, our workforce development manager, is featured in a story in Crain’s Cleveland Business.

4.22.2016 See a story from WKYC about our Bridge Board members serving as guest bartenders and donating all tips to Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland.

4.18.2016 WKYC reports on Liberty Ford’s donation of a van to BGCC, with a custom paint job designed by Club kid Kameron Pearson, 13.

4.7.2016 King Kennedy Club member Treasure Hurt is interviewed in this WEWS story on a digital connection program in Cleveland.

4.4.2016 Alyssa Raymond of WKYC features footage of our kids playing baseball in her report on the Cleveland Indians support of local baseball programs.

4.4.2016 WKYC does a feature on Youth of the Year Zayllianny Mojica as part of its Opening Day coverage.

4.3.2016 WOIO reports on DJ Knyce breaking the world record for the longest Ferris wheel ride, an event benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland.

4.2.2016 Laura DeMarco of interviews DJ Knyce as he tries for the world record.

4.2.2016 DJ Knyce’s world record attempt is covered by WOIO Cleveland.

4.1.2016 WKYC covers the start of DJ Knyce’s attempt to break the world record for riding a Ferris wheel in an event benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland.

3.21.2016 Fox 8 reports on Club kid Charles Conwell’s return to Cleveland after making the U.S. Olympic Team for the Summer Games.

3.19.2016 Neighbors meet with safety personnel at Cleveland Clinic-organized event, NewsChannel 5 reports.

3.14.2016 WEWS-TV’s Frank Wiley Jr. tells the story Zayllianny Mojica, our Youth of the Year.

3.13.2016 The Plain Dealer and cover the Greater Cleveland Caucus and the safety discussion led by BGCC President Ron Soeder.

3.13.2016 The Cleveland Browns report on Kevin Mack’s message at our Youth of the Year and Recognition Breakfast.

3.10.2016 WKYC-TV reports on our workforce development open house.

3.3.2016: WTAM reports on Sharyna C. Cloud’s appointment as new head of Cleveland Peacemakers

2.22.2016: WOIO interviews Ron Soeder about the dangers of toy guns

1.27.2016: Sun News profiles Myesha Crowe of our Broadway Club

1.27.2016: WKYC covers Club kids attending screening of movie ‘Race’

1.14.2016: Charles Conwell interview on ESPN Cleveland

1.8.2016: Ideastream video about Olympic hopeful Charles Conwell

1.8.2016: WKYC report on Charles Conwell

1.8.2016: Plain Dealer listing of our kids performance at Rock Hall on Jan. 18

1.7.2016: WCPN report on Charles Conwell rally in Cleveland Heights

1.7.2016: Two videos from WEWS on Charles Conwell

1.6.2016: story on Charles Conwell rally


12.23.2015: WKYC reports on BGCC takeover of Peacemakers Alliance 

12.21.2015:  Cleveland Plain Dealer story on Peacemakers changes

12.18.2015: Story by WKYC on Peacemakers Alliance

12.18.2015:, Sun News story on Myesha Crowe appointment

12.18.2015: WEWS story on impact of Greater Cleveland Food Bank

12.15.2015: Plain Dealer story on renovations to King Kennedy Club

12.13.2015: Sun News, op-ed piece by Walter Chapman

12.10.2015: WCPN reports on Ohio AG DeWine praising our workforce development program in City Club of Cleveland speech

12.8.2015: CMSD News Bureau reports on new Clubs at John Adams, Lincoln West

12.7.2015: Morning Journal reports on Dennis Kancler heading workforce development

12.6.2015: Crain’s Cleveland Business story on our workforce development program

12.3.2015: Story in the Lorain Morning Journal on the hiring of Rob Anderson

12.1.2015: Smart Business story on BGCC

11.21.2015: reports on Thanksgiving Dinner for our kids at Progressive Field

11.21.2015:  Some of our Club kids are interviewed in video about Tamir Rice

 11.8.2015: Plain Dealer story on our kids performing with Smokey Robinson

 10.29.2015: Upcoming Smokey Robinson event reported in Plain Dealer

10.26.2015: PR Newswire reports on the kickoff of the Nestlè National Fitness Competition

10.19.2015: Hudson Hub-Times story on coat collection for Clubs

10.17.2015: Kievra Harris video featured on Teen Tech Tank

10.16.2015: highlights our Shazam! benefit

10.14.2015: Neighborhood Connections reports on our member Art Show

10.13.2015: PR Newswire reports on Max & Erma’s support for BGCC

10.8.2015: Richard Starr appears on The Forum on WTAM radio

 10.5.2015: WEWS interviews Richard Starr about street violence

10.1.2015: Plain Dealer columnist Phillip Morris writes about street violence

9.24.2015: WEWS reports on our farm program

9.15.2015: One of our Club kids is a guest on WCPN’s Sound of Ideas

9.3.2015: and Sun News run a story on Robert Koonce

9.31.2015: and Sun News report on hiring of Ken Wood

9.24.2015: A story on Battle for the Paddle appears on

9.3.2015: The Plain Press reports on programming at our Walton and West Side Clubs