Your Feel Good Roundup – August 2022

Fun and inspiring Boys & Girls Club highlights to start your month on a high note! Got an uplifting Club-related story to share? Send it to communications@bgca.org!



Earlier this week, the five regional finalists for National Military Youth of the Year were recognized at the Nationals baseball game in Washington, D.C. The five Club youth got to clown around with the Nationals’ mascot “Screech” and enjoyed a fun-filled night, thanks to our ongoing partnership with Major League Baseball.



Reedley Boys & Girls Club in Reedley, California, along with local partner Dream Dress Closet, offered teens from all over Fresno County the opportunity to dress to impress this prom season by offering free dresses, suits, shoes and accessories for teens to wear for prom. After an amazing response from prom goers, they offered the items for teens to wear for graduations and job interviews, as well.



Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County in Fort Pierce, Florida, is working to “Keep the Sea Free of Debris” this summer! In partnership with Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch, the program teaches Club members about the effects of litter and marine debris while empowering them to be advocates for the ocean and inspiring environmental stewardship. Activities included building art sculptures with Treasure Coast marine debris and learning how to locate microplastics through microscopes before hitting the beaches on clean-up field trips.



On June 3, Club members at Berkshire Partners Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club and Yawkey Boys & Girls Club of Roxbury, part of Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, were joined by Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez and KPMG at an event to announce the investment of funds to expand the Clubs’ libraries. Hernandez led Club members and staff in interactive physical fitness, mental health and self-reflection activities, and KPMG provided each Club member with a copy of Hernandez’s book, “She’s Got This,” as well as a pizza party.



Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club in Wallingford, Connecticut partnered with Home Builders and Remodelers of Central Connecticut (HBRA) to add careers in construction to their summer camp activity lineup. Club members from kindergarten to eighth grade learned about a variety of skilled trades from HBRA members, who shared their passion for their career and helped the kids complete hands-on activities matching their skilled trade.



As a kid at Boys & Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati, Detroit Lions linebacker Derrick Barnes remembers visits from pro football player Andrew Whitworth and the impact those visits had on him as a young athlete. In Barnes’ rookie year, the Lions played Whitworth’s LA Rams, and Barnes was able to thank Whitworth in person, an encounter that Whitworth mentioned during his acceptance speech for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award earlier this year. Now, Barnes is the professional athlete inspiring young kids as he’s returned to his former Clubhouse to carry on Whitworth’s legacy of service.