Around The Club 
1/10- Club Member's Attend First Clinic at Dana Barros Basketball Club 

Last week, our members attended the first clinic at the Dana Barros Basketball Club, led by Barros himself, the former Boston Celtics player. Our members enjoyed a day of scrimmages, knockout, and one-on-one games in a positive and instructional environment. 

Not only was the clinic an exciting experience for our members out of the walls of the Club, but it also provided a sense of empowerment, particularly for the young girls that attended the clinic. By the age of 14, girls are twice as likely to drop out of sports than boys, meaning they miss out all of the positive benefits that being part of a sports team provides. Here at the Club, we're dedicated to making sure our girls know that they have a world of opportunities in front of them, and whether their passion is sports or STEM, we provide them with the resources to chase their dreams. 
12/27- The Sullivan Tire Holiday Party for Kids  

Our annual Sullivan Holiday Party was so much fun! We had an amazing night of dinner, ice cream, presents, and holiday surprises- congrats to the four members who won Patriots tickets! Santa himself made an appearance, making it truly a night to remember. A huge thank you to Sullivan and Tire for sponsoring the event and making it possible every year, and to the Brockton Police Department and Blue Knights for all their help.

11/29- #GivingTuesday is here! 

On Tuesday, November 28th 2017, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will came together for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. We participate in #GivingTuesday every year, and love it's positive message of community involvement in making change, which we strive to embody everyday at the Club. This year, we raised over $400 during our #GivingTuesday campaign, which was an excellent start to the holiday season. This money will go directly to the benefit of the Brockton youth we serve, who only pay $35 a year for their membership. 
10/23- BGCB's 10th Annual Gala  
Last week was our 10th Annual Boys & Girls Club Gala, recognizing Macey Russell as our 2017 Honoree. Nearly 300 of Brockton’s most prominent business and community partners came together at the Boston Marriott Quincy to raise more than $200k through sponsorships, a fund-a-cause, and a silent auction. It was truly an impactful evening in support of the Club’s mission to nurture strong minds, healthy bodies and community spirit through youth driven, quality programming in a safe environment. 
September Member of the Month! 

Congratulations to our September Member of the Month, Autumn Leslie! Learn a little bit more about her: 

Age: 4 
Favorite Food: Spaghetti 
Favorite Book: Doc McStuffins 
Favorite Movie: Frozen 
When I grow up, I want to be: A Teacher 
Role Model: My Mom 
Favorite things to do at the Boys and Girls Club: I love to color and go to the park 
10/11- Stonehill College Comes to the Club 

Last week, a wide range of students from Stonehill College, including their football team, their Rotaract Club, and a group of generous volunteers, made their way down to the Club to help our members in impactful and positive ways. While the volunteers helped out in our Kids Cafe, the Rotaract Club spoke to our teens about the importance of leadership and what they can do to make a difference in their community. Later, the football team stressed the importance of academic success in a potential athletic career. Our members loved it, and learned so much about giving back and their own professional development. 
10/2- National Bullying Prevention Month 

 October's here, and while we're all excited for the Holiday Season to begin (Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas!), this month we are focusing on Bullying Prevention, a cause that is extremely important in the Boys & Girls Club of Brockton. We pride ourselves on providing a safe and inclusive Club environment to our LGBTQ members, and have a zero tolerance policy on bullying, harassment, and the use of derogatory terms. 

This month, we will be partnering with Planet Fitness in their Judgement Free Generation Campaign. From now until October 15th, new members can register for $5 down and $10 a month, with the $5 enrollment fee being donated to Boys & Girls Club of America. This money not only provides Clubs with the opportunity to receiving training for their youth development staff, but it also supports Judgement Free Generation Scholarships for youth that embody kindness and inclusion in their Club.  With the funds raised in 2016, 10 Judgement Free Scholarships for $5,000 each were awarded for a total of $50,000. 

9/26- #HungerIs Campaign Kick Off 

This year, we are partnering with Shaw's Supermarket for the Hunger Is Campaign, established in 2014 by the Albertsons Foundation and The Entertainment Industry Foundation. The Campaign aims to build awareness and raise funds in an effort to eradicate childhood hunger in America. Striving towards these goals, Hunger Is has a core grant program that provides meals to children and families that are in need, while also connecting these kids to healthy foods, providing food education, and eliminating the shame that hungry kids feel. Since it's beginning, Hunger Is has raised more than $18 million to fight childhood hunger. 

From now until October 15th, Shaw's Supermarkets will be raising donations to fund our Kids Cafe Healthy Meals Program, which serves 300 kids healthy dinners every night. This totals to more than 4,000 meals served per month and nearly 50,000 meals serve annually in the Brockton community. 

Click here to learn more about the campaign. 

9/25- 2017 Rodman Ride 

Last Saturday, we kicked off this year's Annual Rodman Ride! The Rodman Ride is an annual cycling event at the end of a year-long fundraising effort to raise money for youth-focused social service organizations that support at-risk children in Massachusetts. Not only is the ride a fun and active way to fundraise, but since the Rodman for Kids is an umbrella matching charity, Rodman matches our funds at a 3% rate, so the money raised can go even further towards improving the quality of the Club! A huge thank you to our riders of course, who completed the 25, 50, and 100 mile courses throughout  Massachusetts, and to the volunteers from Taunton High School that were stationed at our Water Stop for the duration of the day. We do this event every year, so if you think you'd be interested in becoming a rider next year, keep us in mind! 

9/25- Sign up for our Specialty Enrichment Programs! 

There's still time to sign up for this session's Specialty Enrichment programs! And with buy one get free, there's no reason not to. While your child is able to enjoy our facilities every day after school for the $35 year long membership, our Specialty Enrichment Programs allow for more directed and structured activities, where your child can have fun while they learn. This year, we're offering recycled art classes, STEM sessions in our state of the art lab, cooking classes, hip hop in our dance studio, basketball, soccer, and Saturday morning programming. Sign up now through our parent portal

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