New Year brings new opportunity . . .
Message from Executive Director, Mike Wurm
After all the excitement in 2014, we cannot wait to see what 2015 has in store for the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. Following a highly successful summer, the new Pennington Facility is operating at a high rate. Staff has not missed a beat as the afterschool program has been experiencing similar record-breaking success. The success continued into the winter as 71 youth basketball teams came together on Saturday, January 17, 2015 and officially christened the gym on Foster Drive by kicking off our annual Winter Basketball League. It was a milestone of sorts since for 50 years; youth basketball had been synonymous with this property. After a nearly 10 year hiatus, we are honored to be part of the effort to bring this component back to life!
While the success at Foster Drive has been astounding, it brings light to the fact that there is still so much unmet need in our community. Going into this project, we had hoped to build a facility that would allow us to work with around 300 kids a day. It surprised even us when we met those numbers after one week and by the end of summer were serving, on some days, nearly 600 youth.
What is so ironic is being surprised by the numbers really shouldn’t be surprising at all. If I have not learned anything after 20 years with the organization, I have learned each New Year brings another opportunity for new successes and new growth. Since the beginning of the Boys & Girls Club in 1976, we have seen many accomplishments. Every time we open a new site or reach into a new part of our community, we meet one need only to discover another need exists. The best analogy I could make is one of a mountain climber who works so hard to get to the top of the mountain. When they finally reach the summit, they look out over a valley full of more, larger peaks. Similarly, we have reached a summit of sorts with the opening of the Pennington Facility and while we are excited, we are anxious to move on to the next mountain!!
Our mission remains to “serve the kids who need us most,” and there are still kids in our region who need the programs and activities the Club has to offer. While we are working on new opportunities as we speak, I want to assure you with each of these opportunities, sustainability is always top of mind. We have to make sure any new project we decide to pursue can be maintained for the long haul.
Together, we can provide access to life-changing programs after school and during the summer that enable kids to be successful in school and in adulthood, to be healthy and active, and to develop the strong character skills needed to become Nevada’s future leaders. Together, we can transform individual lives as well as the future of our community.
Please take a few minutes to read the stories inside the Club Chronicle. As usual, there are lots of tremendous activities and events happening at our Club sites. We look forward to seeing you all at the 35th Annual Jack T. Reviglio Cioppino Feed and Auction. Thank you for your continued support of the Club and kids throughout northern Nevada!