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Inky Johnson to Speak at Boys & Girls Clubs 28th Annual Steak & Burger Dinner

Inky Johnson to Speak at Boys & Girls Clubs 28th Annual Steak & Burger Dinner

Inquoris “Inky” Johnson, former University of Tennessee football defensive back, will speak at the 28th Annual Steak & Burger Dinner benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee. Johnson will share his inspiring journey following a career ending injury. 

Shaquille O'Neal to Headline 2017 Great Futures Gala!

Shaquille O'Neal to Headline 2017 Great Futures Gala!

We are thrilled to announce that Shaquille O'Neal will be the 2017 Great Futures Gala Celebrity Entertainment

Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee (BGCMT) will welcome Shaquille O’ Neal, a retired American professional basketball player and former rapper who is currently an analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. O’Neal will be the featured celebrity entertainer on Saturday, April 1st at the Omni Nashville Hotel. The event, which takes place from 5 – 9 PM, supports the operation of eight Middle Tennessee Clubs located in Davidson and Williamson counties and outreach programs serving 4,000 youth.

Uplifting Dreams

Ashley HomeStore and the Nashville Sounds collaborated on a zzz-rific surprise!

Ashley HomeStore and the Nashville Sounds teamed up with Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee to provide 50 very deserving kids a bed and bedding of their own. The event was a home run!

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Titans’ Avery Williamson Hosts First Football Camp for BGCMT Youth

Titans’ Avery Williamson Hosts First Football Camp for BGCMT Youth

Avery Williamson is shining on and off the football field! Williamson hosted his first football camp, sponsored by USA Football, for 100 Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee (BGCMT) youth on Saturday, May 21st. 

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Comcast Donates $45,000 to BGCMT

Comcast Donates $45,000 to BGCMT

Unveils New Technology Lab at Cleveland Park Club

Alongside community partners and elected officials, Comcast donated $45,000 and unveiled a new technology lab for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee. The lab will serve more than 150 Club children at the newest Boys & Girls Club at Cleveland Park Community Center in East Nashville.

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Youth of the Year 2015

Youth of the Year 2015

Andrew Jackson community celebrates kids

A proud legacy of more than 60 years, Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year (YOY) program recognizes Club members who, with the help of their Club, have met personal challenges head-on. YOY participants have, despite the odds, found a way to give back to their Club and their community.

Used as a year-round tool for fostering young people's character, personal growth, and leadership, these members have demonstrated service to their Club, community and family, achieved academic success, have strong moral character, life goals, poise, and public speaking abilities.

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Fans Surprise RBI Teams

Fans Surprise RBI Teams

RBI teams played to a surprise cheering section at Lipscomb University

Players with Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee's Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program were surprised during their exhibition game on June 25, 2015 at Lipscomb University when 2,500 students filled the stands to cheer them on. The fans were from various middle and high schools across the country visiting Lipscomb's campus for a summer camp experience. Students had face paint on, wore the teams colors, and waved hand-painted signs during the afternoon game. 

Teams were played an exhibition game as part of RBI - a program designed to use baseball and softball and the power of teams to provide inner-city youth with opportunities to play, learn and grow. More information on this program can be found here.

Teen College Tour

Teen College Tour

BGCMT teens embark on college and career experience tour

Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee's 2015 College and Career Experience tour offered teens a memorable experience that will last a lifetime. This exclusive trip is provided to select Boys & Girls Club teens as an opportunity for them to enhance their leadership skills and personal development. The annual tour brings together teens and staff from Boys & Girls Clubs across Middle Tennessee to visit college campuses and participate in job shadowing experiences. 

From June 15-21, 58 teens and 10 staff from the Middle Tennessee area traveled throughout the Southern United States touring the following schools:

  • Northwest Mississippi Community College
  • The University of Mississippi
  • Jackson State University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Southern University at A&M College
  • Tulane University
  • Xavier University

Participants got outside of college campuses during the trip and participated in several community service projects, including packing and distributing brown bag lunches to community members. They also visited the New Orleans, Louisiana region during the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Students took the opportunity to film a documentary about what they saw and learned from the residents still affected by the disaster.

Worldwide Day of Play

Worldwide Day of Play

Nickelodeon Hosts Day of Play at Boys & Girls Club

Nickelodeon, with the United States Tennis Association (USTA), hosted activities and entertainment for hundreds of Middle Tennessee youth on June 16, 2015 at the Andrew Jackson Boys & Girls Club. As one of the first stops on Nickelodeon’s Road to Worldwide Day of Play initiative, kids enjoyed inflatable games, costumed characters, and music from Nick Radio’s DJ Boogie.

Nickelodeon also presented the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee (BGCMT) with a $10,000 donation. These funds will support the Andrew Jackson Boys & Girls Club, which offers more memberships than any other BGCMT Club with an average of 550 youth served each month.

For more than 11 years, Nickelodeon has been encouraging kids to get up and get active through their Worldwide Day of Play pro-social initiative. Nashville is the first stop on their 2015 tour. More information can be found at www.nick.com/road-to-wwdop.

See How BGCMT Measures Up

See How BGCMT Measures Up

Data from the 2015 National Youth Outcomes Initiative Shows BGCMT Compares Well

Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee was rated higher than state, regional and national Boys & Girls Clubs in eight out of nine key indicators, including:

  • Staff expectations
  • Sense of belonging
  • Fun
  • Adult connections
  • Emotional safety
  • Recognition
  • Overall experience
  • Physical safety
  • Overall safety