Posted on March 31, 2017

Boys & Girls Club Week 2017

Clubs celebrate their members and accomplishments as part of a nationwide movement.

Happy Boys & Girls Club Week!  Clubs have been participating in the excitement of Boys & Girls Clubs Week 2017 since Monday.  These five days give Columbus Clubs the opportunity to celebrate their members and recognize that our seven Clubs are part of a greater national movement serving youth around the country. This year’s activities all echoed the theme “Opening the Doors to Great Futures.”

The week was kicked off by celebrating Academic Success. Our 6 through 12-year-old members had an academic decathlon focusing on language arts and science. Participants had to successfully complete the scholastic challenge in one room in order to race on to the next. While these youth traveled around the Club competing, our teen members had a Battle of the Brains in Final Jeopardy.

On Tuesday, our Clubs “Opened the Door to Teens.” They had a basketball tournament to let out energy and socialize with peers. On Wednesday, our Clubs “Opened the Door to Good Character & Citizenship.” Members observed the day by volunteering. They created snack bags and donated them to Faith Mission, an emergency shelter in Columbus.

Members celebrated Healthy Lifestyles yesterday with a field trip to Ohio State. Youth were privileged with an inside tour of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and the French Field House. They explored training rooms and locker rooms and met current Division I athletes who participate in basketball, tennis, soccer, field hockey, and track & field.

Today, members will be joining the national movement by taking a virtual tour of a Cleveland Boys & Girls Club to experience what it’s like to be a member in another Ohio metropolis.

“BGC Week reminds our members of our three priority outcomes and how all of our Clubs are working day-in and day-out to achieve Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Good Character and Citizenship.”

Daniel Custer, Director of Programs and Club Operations