Sep 26

Several Honored by Boys & Girls Clubs Tennessee Area Council

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     Several Boys & Girls Club board volunteers received honors from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Tennessee Area Council at its annual membership meeting in Kingsport, Tennessee on Thursday, September 22, 2016. Board member awards for outstanding service were presented as well as six new members were enshrined into the Tennessee Boys & Girls Clubs Hall of Fame for their lifetime achievements. The awards were presented during the Tennessee Area Council Awards and Tennessee Hall of Fame dinner at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center. The Tennessee Area Council is made up of over 90 Club sites from across the state serving approximately 40,000 children each year.

     “Club volunteers and staff members attended workshops, training sessions and other activities during the week,” stated Chet Nichols, Director of Organizational Development for Boys & Girls Clubs of America.  “The the goal of the event was to inspire attendees and provide tools to serve our kids and our communities with greater impact across the state” added Nichols.  Taking top honors for the Tennessee board member awards was Dr. David Ratliff, board volunteer for the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains, honored as the Tennessee Boys & Girls Club Board Member of the Year for his work at the local Club and across the state.  Tony Melson, board volunteer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kingsport, was honored as the Beverly Burton Tennessee New Board Member of the Year Award.  This award is for board members serving their Club with less than three years on their board.  Food City received the Tennessee C.A.R.E. (Children Are the Reason for Excellence) Award for their work with several Boys & Girls Clubs and especially the Boys & Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley and their annual Tim Irwin Bass Classic.  This award spotlights efforts by groups and individuals that serve Boys & Girls Clubs.  The Boys & Girls Club of Maury County was named the High Performance Board Team of the year for their work in their community and growth of their organization.  Several members of their organization were on hand to accept the award.  In speaking of all the Tennessee award winners, Nichols, stated that “these individuals and groups are great examples of engaged, compassionate and hardworking people that not only care about the youth of their community, but do things to make a difference for these kids.  Due to their efforts, many great futures will start in Tennessee.”

     The Tennessee Boys & Girls Clubs Hall of Fame inducted six new members in their 2016 class that included Darrell “Pappy” Crowe (Boys & Girls Club of Johnson City/Washington County and the Boys & Girls Club of Elizabethton/Carter County), Bobby Greene (Boys & Girls Club of the Ocoee Region” Cleveland”), Judge Tim Irwin (Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley), Sam LaPorte (Boys & Girls Club of Elizabethton/Carter County), Jackie Leach (Boys & Girls Club of Morristown) and Linda Ogle (Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains).  Tony Melson, Tennessee Area Council Chairman, served as the Master of Ceremonies for the event and Miles Burdine, president of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce and a former Boys & Girls Club kid was the keynote speaker prior to the event.

     “The Tennessee Boys & Girls Clubs Hall of Fame honors those rare individuals whose high achievements have made a mark in the state of Tennessee. Tennessee has been blessed with many great club kids, volunteers, board member, staff and friends of the Boys & Girls Club movement and the Hall of Fame recognizes the best of the best.  These six individuals honored have shaped and inspired local Clubs from across Tennessee and proved to be outstanding in doing so.  These individuals have achieved the distinction of being true champions for children and have provided innumerable accomplishments and lasting memories.” stated Scott Bullington, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County, and chairman for the Tennessee Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame inductees individual biographies can be found under the Hall of Fame tab and under Class of 2016, or click on their individual pictures to be directed to their page.

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Sep 01

When school is out, the club is in

The Boys and Girls Club of the Hatchie River Region is in its third year and providing a positive and fun environment for the local youth after school and during the summer.

The club has various areas for the children to play and learn, including a rec room, game room, an area for creative arts and a skills tech space.

The children rotate on a daily schedule so they have ample time in each area.

“I like building stuff; right now I am making a motor sound recording,” said Rishaud Mitchell while building a circuit board in the skills tech room.

The club gives children who would usually be home alone a safe place to go.

“It gives me something to do after school,” said Anthony Poole.

Rishaud and Anthony, along with their friend Elijah Dotson said they really like the rec room and playing basketball the most.

The center serves approximately 80 children just like them on a regular basis, and more space is needed so more children can be served.

“Our biggest goal this year is to get the unfinished spaces redone so that we can house 40 to 50 more children,” said program director Rebecca Ray. “We would really like to add a library and an area for the children to have some down time, listen to music or study,” she said.

The club recently added a new van and hope to be able to serve families that do not have transportation.

There are fundraisers coming up that will help the Boys and Girls Club achieve some of its goals for the year.

The Grace Race, 5Kwill be held by First Presbyterian Church on Sept. 24 starting at 8 a.m..

The Steak and Burger event will be at the Stitt property on Oct. 6. Tickets and additional information will be available soon.

The club welcomes volunteers and groups who would like to help out with some of the programming.

Donations are also welcome and can be made through the website at www.bgchrr.com or sent to P.O. Box 384, Covington TN, 38019.

Read the original article here: http://www.covingtonleader.com/news/community/when-school-is-out-the-club-is-in/collection_d26587d6-64b3-11e6-bf0d-3b19f6f1655a.html#1

Aug 19

Grand Opening of new Pigeon Forge Boys & Girls Club

FullSizeRenderPIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) — Pigeon Forge opened a brand new $2 million home for the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains on Thursday.

The new 17,100 square ft. facility is much larger and can offer more services than their previous home for the past 18 years. The old facility was in an unused portion of city hall that needed technology upgrades and in some cases, had no climate control for parts of the building.

“We are able to build and equip this 17,100 sq. ft. facility for under $2 million. It came in on time and under budget,” said Mark Ross, Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains Executive Director. “We had 28 gifts to raise $2.2 million. So there are a lot of people in this community that were ready to go and just waiting for the opportunity.”

The new club offers more space, and a private teen center so kids can hang out with their own age groups. Ross says they should be able to go from the current 80 child capacity to near 130.

“After supper we try to get them to come in here and do their homework,” Ross said as he showed the new Learning Center provided by The Dollywood Company. “They can use the 14 computers and have their homework checked.”

The children got a preview of the new building on Wednesday. He said they were all excited, especially about the new game room and gym.

“As the kids came in the door, some were in shock. Some just started dancing around and some just started looking around in bewilderment,” he added.

It took right months to build the facility that Ross says was a community effort.

Read the original article here: http://www.local8now.com/content/news/Grand-Opening-of-new-Pigeon-Forge-Boys–Girls-Club-390618712.html

Aug 15

Radio Systems Corporation Donates $20,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley

Radio Systems Corporation (RSC), an industry leader in the development of innovative pet behavioral, containment and lifestyle products through its PetSafe, Invisible Fence and SportDOG brands, has donated $20,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley to support the organization’s new YouthForce Program, which will provide teens with the essential skills for workforce success.

“With 60 percent of jobs requiring some type of job training beyond high school, and the teen unemployment rate currently at 15 percent, programs that teach teens job and workforce readiness skills are crucial,” said Bart McFadden, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley. “We are extremely grateful for the generous grant from Radio Systems Corporation to help us achieve our goal of preparing teens for career success while also providing local companies with the skilled workforce they need to succeed.”

The YouthForce Program consists of three key components, including YouthForce University, which teaches teens how to apply for, obtain and maintain a job; Technical Training Program, where teens will receive training and learn specific job skills related to their area of interest; and Job-Ready and Career-Ready Paid Internship/Employment Programs, where teens seeking summer or seasonal employment to build job skills will complete a “Job-Ready” internship, while teens looking to explore various career paths will complete a “Career-Ready” internship at various partner agencies.

“Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley does such incredible work in advancing youth education in our community,” said Wendy Williams, team lead of the philanthropy committee for Radio Systems. “We’re honored to be a part of their mission and help prepare teens to join the workforce while also providing our local companies with the talent they need to support their business.”

The RSC grant will be used to provide funds for paid internships and technical training programs, as well as program supplies, transportation and other job-related costs for participants. For more information about Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley or the YouthForce program, please visit https://bgctnv.org.

Read the original article here: https://www.petage.com/radio-systems-corporation-donates-20000-to-boys-girls-clubs-of-the-tennessee-valley/

Jul 29

Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame inducts new class

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley will continue its tradition of honoring the area’s finest athletes at the 35th Annual Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony Tuesday, July 26 at the Knoxville Convention Center. UT VOL Legend and College Football All-American Heath Shuler , who spoke with Local 8 Sports prior to the event saying, if there was one thing he might regret, it just might be opting out of his Senior year at Tennessee. Shuler also told us he’s excited about the upcoming season and impressed with Tennessee’s dual threat quarterback Josh Dobbs. A nice compliment considering Shuler was a pretty good dual threat guy himself and he credited his former coaches with adapting saying, “most people don’t realize that David Cutliffe and Phillip Fulmer were ahead of their time the way they took our team we got down in the red zone and ran the option, how difficult is that to defend and have to practice for as a defensive coordinator they were doing it two decades ago.”

The 2016 Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame class includes: Dr. William C. Battle (Official), Samantha Hatcher Chafin (Softball), Steve Chancey (Best All Around), Halle Cioffi Carroll (Tennis), Charlie Durham (Track), Joe Fishback (Football), Grandmaster “Pete” Mills (Martial Arts), John Newton (Swimming), Tommy Schumpert (Administration) and Lynn Sexton (Coach).

Special award recipients include: Harrison Smith, Chad Pennington Professional Athlete of the Year; Eric Berry, Pat Summitt Ignite Greatness Award; Zaevion Dobson, Will McKamey Spirit Award; Ben Byrd, Thanks for the Memories; and Kenny Jones, Special Recognition.

Read the original article here: http://www.local8now.com/content/sports/Greater-Knoxville-Sports-Hall-of-Fame-inducts-new-class-388334482.htmlK0015154753--320160726212733000

Jul 14

Hundreds participate in Boys & Girls Club Olympics

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The most important number at the second annual Tennessee Boys & Girls Clubs Olympics didn’t come from the fastest time in the 50-yard dash or the distance that someone jumped.

It was the over 400 kids from all over Northeast Tennessee who took part in the day of activities on Wednesday at East Tennessee State University.

After an opening ceremony speech by ETSU women’s basketball coach Brittney Ezell, kids ranging from first to eighth grades participated in a variety of endeavors from basketball, football, baseball and track-related competitions to even non-sport specific contests like sit-ups, push-ups and sack races.

Scott Bullington, executive director of the Greeneville Boys & Girls Club, said the field-day gathering inside the Mini-Dome was important for a number of reasons. The kids particularly liked their interaction with a number of players from the ETSU men’s and women’s basketball teams.

“We all try to get together periodically and do activities,” he said. “Our kids have an opportunity to learn teamwork, work on their sportsmanship and they meet new people. For a lot of these kids, it’s their first time on a college campus. ETSU, Scott Carter and the rest of the staff, have been gracious to let us use the Mini-Dome. You see the ballplayers have stayed involved and the kids have really enjoyed getting to meet them. This year has been enjoyable with it an Olympic year. A lot of our kids are like, ‘We don’t have to worry about going to Rio. We have our own Olympics.’ You look at the kids at lunch time and they’re sitting with kids from different tables and are making new friends.”

A common request for the Buccaneer players on the basketball courts was to see them go up and dunk the ball. Robin Crumley, the chief professional officer for the Johnson City/Washington County Boys & Girls Club, said that Wednesday’s event was a slam dunk in many respects.

“The kids get to compete, fellowship and we get to see other clubs in action,” Crumley said. “It’s a community event and we get to have fun and share practices with the other clubs. We hope to see it continue for years to come. The boys and girls club are so important today. You can’t find a better place for safety, security and activities which aren’t just sitting in front of a TV.”

Both Bullington and Crumley thanked the major sponsors which included the Hudson Auto Dealerships with Johnson City Ford, Johnson City Toyota, Honda of Kingsport and Honda of Morristown. They also got support from Chick-Fil-A and Coca-Cola who provided lunches to all those involved.

One of those working was Josh Peterson, who grew up around the Boys & Girls Club of Elizabethton and Carter County. A three-sport star for Unaka High School, Peterson was picked by the Texas Rangers in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft and he went on to play collegiately for the University of Tennessee. He said Wednesday’s competitions gave the kids a sense of achievement when they won, and he talked about the influence of the boys and girls club on himself as a young athlete.

“It helped me in so many ways from social skills, character and my competitive nature,” he said. “I was always competing against guys older than me. You had people like Pappy Crowe, and later John Malone and John Seehorn, who made it where you were competing, but still having fun. We still try to do that, where the kids aren’t addicted to video games, where they’re active, up running around and having a good time.”

Maci Felts wasn’t involved with the Boys & Girls Club growing up, but since May she has worked with Bullington at the Greeneville location. Now an ETSU cheerleader, Felts helped recruit many of her teammates to help with Wednesday’s events, which included face painting and cheer activities after the competitions. A rising junior with a major in elementary education, she said the Boys & Girls Club has provided her with experience she can’t get by simply being in the classroom.

“It’s such a great experience to interact with the kids,” Felts said. “The girls with the cheer team, we enjoy volunteering and hanging out in the community and getting to hang out the kids. We’re loving it.”

Read the original article here: http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/Sports/2016/07/13/Hundreds-participate-in-Boys-Girls-Club-Olympics

Jul 08

Tennessee Boys & Girls Club Olympics to be Held July 13th

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The 2nd annual Tennessee Boys & Girls Clubs Olympics will be held on July13, 2016  at East Tennessee State University’s Mini Dome. The event is being sponsored by Johnson City Ford, Johnson City Toyota, Honda Morristown and Honda Kingsport. The Olympics competition focuses on getting kids active while bolstering their self-esteem. Participants will learn how to test their level of physical fitness and gauge their own improvement as they participate in the event. Above all, the competition will allow the kids to take pride in themselves and their abilities as they learn that physical activity is a fun and integral part of a healthy lifestyle.

The competitions will be for Boys & Girls Club members in the East Tennessee Region.  This event will allow all members to participate in various fitness contests. Along with promoting positive competition toward developing the grit, tenacity and resilience members need, each activity will present an opportunity to build confidence and competence. Competing Clubs included Boys & Girls Clubs of Dumplin Valley, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mountain Empire, Boys & Girls Club of Elizabethton/Carter County, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kingsport, Boys & Girls Club of Morristown, Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County and Boys & Girls Club of Johnson City/Washington County.

Close to 400 Club members from the region will participate in field-day type activities such as a basketball skills competition, baseball throw, football throw, broad jump, shuttle run, 50-yard dash and other fitness competitions. The ETSU Cheerleaders will also have a clinic after lunch for those wanting to participate in cheer activities and face painting. Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County Executive Director Scott Bullington said about the Boys & Girls Club Olympic Games, “This is for the kids to have a fun day of activities at a beautiful college campus with other children from around the region. Just having this fellowship with kids from other clubs and learning some sportsmanship, that’s all this is about.”  Volunteers from the ETSU men’s and women’s basketball program will be on hand to help with some of the events.  Food for the event is being provided by Chick-Fil-A and Coca- Cola.  The event will close with an awards ceremony and some words from one of the ETSU coaches.  For information on the event contact Bullington or Aly Collins at 423-787-9322.

Jun 14

Winners Announced at the 13th Annual Bob Kesling Boys & Girls Club Celebrity Golf Classic

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The Greeneville Astros/Unaka team shot a 54 to claim the team Championship at the 13th Annual Bob Kesling Boys & Girls Club Celebrity Golf Classic.  The event was held Friday, June 10, 2016 at Link Hills Country Club. The tournament had a large field of golfers with many former college and pro athletes and coaches participating in this year’s event.  The Greeneville Astros/Unaka team blistered the course for a tournament record of 54 with a team consisting of  Ananias Bonin, Ben Spillner, David Lane, Rex Arrington and Ted Hensley. Blalock Companies finished with 55 to take second place in the Championship flight with play from Allen Parks, Doodle LaRue, Joe Malone, Matt Malone and former Tennessee Volunteer Basketball player Jon Higgins.  FTB Advisors took third place in the Championship flight with a 57 behind the play of Darrin Patterson, Matthew Renner, Patrick Johnson, Rhett Lankford and former Tennessee Volunteer All- American and NFL All-Pro Eddie Brown.

Andrew Johnson Bank took the first flight title with a 60 consisting of Art Rambo, Brent Ricker, Don Stacy, Steve Holt and former Tennessee Lady Vol basketball player Lisa McGill Reagan.  Petro Services was second in the flight with a 61 paced by Brian Foster, Randy Lindsay, Scott Honeycutt and Sid Lester.

Landair took the second flight in a scorecard playoff over American Greetings with a 63 consisting of golfers Eric Johnson, Matt Anderson, Matt Anderson Jr., Matt Duncan and tournament host and lead announcer for the Vol Network Bob Kesling.  American Greetings also carded a 63 behind the play of Chris Sentelle, Mike Collins, Scott Felts, Shawn Edwards and former Tennessee Volunteer running back Bill Rudder.

Other celebrities that participated in this year’s social and golf event included Brittney Ezell, Bill Baker, Dewey Warren, Drew Clemmons, Clark Duncan, Dale Jones, David Roop, Jeff Jacoby, John Warren, Johnny Mills, Kevin Shipley, Larry Seivers, Carl Torbush, Mike Jones, Paul Patterson, Haskel Stanback, Ron McCartney, Steve Forbes and Tony Wilhoit.

Prior to the golf tourney on Friday, Ananias Bonin took the top honors in the Putting Contest sponsored by Greeneville Federal Bank.  Other individual winners from the event included Larry Ottinger winning the long drive (#4).  Closest to the hole contests were won by Ryan Kamieneski (#3), Brian Fosters (#6), Jim Wittenburg (#14) and Thomas LaRue (#16). Top honors for the Holston Gases Pot of Orange went to Chuck Bowlin, Eddie Brown and Matt Doty, and the Dakota Packaging Charity Ball team winners were DTR Tennessee. Food at the golf ball drop event was provided by Fatz Café, Captain D’s and Pizza Inn. While Fatz Café and Ingles Markets provided the food for the tournament.

“Bob Kesling’s efforts toward this event are tremendous. We had a fantastic turnout from the celebrity golfers for our tournament again this year,” stated Darius Peedin, Co-Chairman of the tournament.  “We are very fortunate to have people willing to take time out of their busy schedules to help support the youth of Greeneville & Greene County by participating in our special event.”  “Kesling stated, “It is a great honor to be involved with Boys & Girls Clubs.  The impact the Boys & Girls Club makes on the youth in this community is priceless.  I hope that our tournament will help provide some additional funding for this great organization and the youth of Greeneville & Greene County.”

This annual event benefits the local Boys & Girls Club and was title sponsored by DTR Tennessee and Landair.  On Thursday night prior to the event the Boys & Girls Club held their inaugural Golf Ball Drop sponsored by Laughlin Memorial Hospital, Pizza Inn and Captain D’s. The golf balls were dropped by Sevier County Choppers on the 18th fairway with a chance for participants to win up to $5,000 cash.   Angie Newberry was the big winner from the golf ball drop as her ball was the closest to the hole and she won the $5,000 cash prize.

Other winners of the prizes included Lindsay Cutshaw, Loretta Hughes, Kristen Wilcox, Cline Everhart, Dustin Winter, Nathan Keys, Shane Lee, Nicole Pendleton and Dale Long. The Caribbean Cowboys provided entertainment at the Golf Ball Drop social event and Pepsi furnished the beverages for the event. On Friday, the Golf Classic event started with a lunch provided by Fatz Café and sponsored by Cook’s Mechanical Services and Takoma Regional Hospital followed by a round of golf and the evening was capped off with a buffet dinner sponsored by Forward Air. Other major sponsors included C&C Millwright, Grand Rental Station, Summers Taylor, The Vol Network and Tom & Carla Bewley.

The Boys & Girls Club is located at 740 West Church Street.  The Boys & Girls Club is open this summer from 7:30 am – 5:30 pm Monday to Friday.  For more information on Boys & Girls Club events call Scott Bullington at 723-787-9322 or on for Boys & Girls Club programs contact Cathy Osborne at 787-9334 or visit the Club website at www.ggcbgc.org.  Pictures from the Bob Kesling Boys & Girls Club celebrity Golf Classic event can be found on the Club’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/BGClubofGreenevilleGreeneCounty

Jun 06

Inaugural Steak ‘N’ Burger Dinner a Success

Boys-and-Girls-Club-talkThe first ever Steak ‘N’ Burger at the Elizabethton/Carter County Boys and Girls Club turned out to be a much more emotional event than most of those in attendance thought it would be, thanks to a single mom whose children are members of the club, and University of Tennessee men’s basketball Coach Rick Barnes, who announced he will match the donations given Tuesday night.

The emotion began when Vicci Graham took the speaker’s podium at the luncheon held on the club’s basketball floor. Dressed humbly, Graham told the audience to bear with her because she was not accustomed to public speaking. She soon had everyone’s undivided attention as she told about what the club meant to her and her children.

Graham said she needed a day care so she could earn enough to support her family. Her financial plan was working until the day care she used gave only 48 hours notice it was going out of business.

Graham said she scrambled to find another place for her children so she could work. She said she knew it would be difficult because her daughter had special needs. She said the girl sometimes has bad days when she can be very difficult to discipline.

During her search, a friend suggested the Boys and Girls Club. “I had no other choice,” Graham said. In desperation, she enrolled the children in the club and went back to work, expecting to get a call from the club director’s any day, saying she needed to come and pick up her child because the club was unable to devote so much of its time on one little girl.

“That day never came,” Graham said. “They told my daughter she was loved and they spent time with her. She would get a hug each day from the staff.

Graham knew it must have sometimes been hard for the staff when her child was difficult, but she said, “It was hard for them, but they helper her through it.

“This club gave me more than I have ever known. I will forever be grateful, and I will always support this club.”

When she finished, the audience  immediately rose to give her a standing ovation.

That was a tough act to follow, but Barnes discussed how he grew up in Hickory, N.C., and found the community center there was similar to the Boys and Girls Club. “It got me involved in sports,” Barnes said.

He said another life-defining moment for him came when he was a young coach who was so caught up in his work that he neglected his family. That changed when his daughter said her mom and brother had found a new church and “we are living for each other and we want you with us.”

Barnes said both his son and his daughter are now missionaries. He said just like missionaries to other parts of the world, the people in the audience were also on a mission. He said there were two kinds of people that allow missionaries to do their work: “goers and supporters.” He said each one of them should be a supporter.

Barnes showed his support by offering to match the donations given on Tuesday by the approximately 200 people in attendance. The club hoped it might receive $4,000 in donations.

In addition to the donations given on Tuesday, Sam LaPorte, chairman of the board for the club, said the club raised $21,600 through the sale of tickets to the luncheon. Over $34,000 was raised in total.

LaPorte said this was the inaugural “Steak ‘N’ Burger for the Elizabethton club. Judging by the turnout and the emotions generated, it won’t be the last.

Read the original article here: http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/Charities-Fundraisers/2016/05/17/Barnes-matches-Tuesday-s-donation-to-the-Elizabethton-Boys-and-Girls-Club

Jun 06

Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee receives $156,500 Grant from Walmart Foundation for YouthForce TN

WalmartBoys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee received a $156,500 grant from the Walmart Foundation to assist with its youth career development program, YouthForce TN.

“Thanks to the Walmart Foundation, teens in Tennessee will have the opportunity to cultivate relationships with mentors, experience educational growth and participate in internships and job shadowing,” said Ernie Brooks, executive director of Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee. “With this grant we will expand and grow this program to help hundreds of youth across the state.”

A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the educational, vocational and character development of youth in a safe, caring environment, Boys and Girls Clubs in Tennessee serve youth in kindergarten through 12th grade.

“At the Walmart Foundation, we understand that organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs are essential to building stronger communities. They share our values and are committed to helping young people to live better,” said Tammy Lane, Walmart asset protection manager. “Through this donation, the youth in Tennessee will receive valuable work experience and extensive job development opportunities.”

The grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee was made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program, which supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better, awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

To be considered for support, perspective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application. Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria. Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online.

Over the last fiscal year, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $35.7 million in cash and in-kind contributions to support nonprofit organizations and programs in Tennessee focused on fighting hunger and healthy eating, workforce development, disaster preparedness and other needs specific to many Tennessee communities. The Tennessee contributions are one piece of the $1.42 billion dollars total giving by Walmart and the Walmart Foundation during FY16.

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