Hillsboro Boys and Girls Club accepts big grant
Hillsboro's Inukai Boys & Girls Club received a grant last week which will be used to assist in the nonprofits' mission of promoting healthy and active lifestyles among youth.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Portland metropolitan area received $50,000 — to be used across seven locations in three counties, including Hillsboro's center — from nonprofit organization United Way Worldwide in partnership with Comcast NBC Universal.
"(NBC Sports is) launching a new documentary, 'Fair Play,' and it's about youth sports in America," said Traci Rose, chief program officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro. "And they selected sites across the country to be able to go in and do a premiere of the documentary."
The Hillsboro Inukai Boys & Girls Club location — 560 Southeast Third Ave. — hosted the event on Monday, June 18, where the check was presented, youth got to preview the documentary and then hear from former head football coach of Portland State, Nigel Burton, who encouraged them to play sports and have fun, according to event organizers.
The Clubs have also been actively working with the nonprofit Positive Coaching Alliance, which held a workshop following the event, bringing attention to one of the main focuses of the Boys and Girls Club, Rose said.
"The funding for us, one of our priority areas is healthy lifestyles and we offer up several different program areas under that key focus area; One of them being sports," she said. "In particular, what we do is we look to engage youth in sports at all levels, so a kid whose never even participated in sports before is able to actually put their toe in the water and get a good first time experience with sports before they maybe commit to their local rec league."
The Clubs also have a leadership sports league, which is "equally focused on the behaviors and the good sportsmanship part of the sport as well as it is the physical ability," Rose said.
As summer begins, the Clubs are open all day, rather than just after-school, so administrators are hard at work organizing activites to encourage youth to be active, while developing fundamental skills to be good leaders and achieve academic success, the other elements of the nonprofit's mission.
"We have a lot of activities that are really dedicated to helping kids stay engaged during the summer and show back up for school in the fall not only having been really active, but also learning along the way," Rose said, "so that there is no opportunity for them not to be able to go back to school ready to learn."
The Clubs offer activities that engage students with all kinds of interests, Rose said, like technology, art, STEM projects, indoor and outdoor play, field trips and even opportunites for the teens to take college tours, tour local businesses, and visit the beach.
By Olivia Singer
Reporter, Forest Grove News-Times and Hillsboro Tribune
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