LeBron James Foundation to Renovate Boys and Girls Club
2011-04-21 · By Editor
The Boys & Girls Club of Long Beach announced today a $120,000 grant given by the LeBron James Family Foundation to renovate their existing learning program and indoor sports facilities to expand programs and accommodate year-round activities.
“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach are honored to be chosen as a recipient of a LeBron James Family Foundation grant,” said Don Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach. “We here at the Center have always seen the potential of each and every student that walks through our doors, but it is especially touching when a public figure like James not only sees it, but is willing to invest in them.”
By demolishing the existing, dilapidated locker rooms, the Club will be able to expand learning space by 900 square feet and will make room for a teen lounge and more teen-focused activities. In addition to the monetary donation, the Club will also be receiving a laptop and 15 desktop computers.
The indoor basketball court will also undergo many repairs including installation of a new heating and cooling system, replacement of damaged skylights, windows and flooring, all of which will allow members to use the facility in winter, when weather had permitted them from doing so before.
“We are proud to partner with organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of Long Beach to ensure that our youth have a safe and welcoming environment in which they can develop into responsible and productive members of our community,” said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster. “We are confident that this donation, along with the support and guidance of the Club, will provide such a foundation to serve additional at-risk youth.”
In a letter written from James to Mayor Foster, he writes, “I am so excited that the renovation of the basketball gym at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach is starting, and I’m sure it will be amazing once it’s done. The new gym will be a great addition to the neighborhood, and thank you for giving me the opportunity to give back to your community.”
The grant is part of a $2 million donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide, serving 59 Clubs and more than 200,000 registered members, as well as $1 million in computer and basketball equipment donations.