The expansive new facility can serve up to 200 more youth a day than the two Clubs it is replacing.
Last week, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware opened the doors to its brand new facility, the Greater Dover Boys & Girls Club and Kent County Community Center in Dover. The 75,000-square-foot building is the result of a unique partnership between the Club and Kent County government to benefit youth and families in the community. It was an honor to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony, where Delaware Governor Jack Markell and Sen. Tom Carper were among several elected officials and civic leaders in attendance.
Built from the ground up, the new structure consolidates two older Clubs that serve a combined average of 100 kids a day. In comparison, the new Club can accommodate up to 300 youth daily and was developed to provide members with an optimal Club Experience. It comes complete with a teen center, all the latest technology for STEM-related learning and, of course, a traditional games room. It’s a shining example of the power of partnerships that also maintains a laser focus on the kids and teens who need Clubs most.
Seated left to right are Gov. Markell, Sen. Carper, County Administrator Michael Petit de Mange, County Levy Court President P. Brooks Banta and County Commissioner Jody Sweeney.The Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware, a statewide organization, has made fantastic advancements the past few years. Their teen membership grew last year by 590 (24%), average daily attendance by 901 (37%) and registered members by 1,742 (18%). Through a combination of school-based sites and standalone facilities, Clubs in Delaware are able to capitalize on synergies and cost efficiency that support their ability to serve more youth and provide additional programming.
This public-private partnership demonstrates what is achievable when the need is great and a community comes together. Congratulations to President and CEO George Krupanski and his team for their leadership and efforts in bringing this fabulous project to fruition.