Mayor Jack Bradley, Police Chief James McCann and Police Capt. Roger Watkins presented a $35,000 check to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio to help support ClubSmart Learning Centers and the student athletes served in Lorain.
McCann and Bradley stopped by the clubs’ Desich Family Campus, 4111 Pearl Ave., Jan. 19, to present the check.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio Lorain County Regional Director Mike Conibear said the funds will go to enhancing educational and recreational programming for ClubSmart Learning Centers, where youngsters in virtual-only education settings can receive in-person and tech help with their schoolwork.
“We have our virtual learning centers here, Westview Terrace (2218 W. 24th St.) and Southside Gardens (3010 Vine Ave.) locations,” Conibear said. “Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio is extremely thankful for the enormous support Chief McCann and the city of Lorain have given us during this challenging time.
“The donation will help sustain our programming immensely for our kids that we have.”
Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio Director of Operations Tony Dimacchia said the funds will help students have opportunities.
“Recreation, they just wanted to make sure we have the focus on the student athletes in Lorain and give them the opportunities they may not have otherwise,” Dimacchia said. “It could also be giving them new tennis shoes if they play basketball, football equipment … they just want to make sure we fill the gaps.”
Dimacchia said the funds also will assist with the learning centers.
“We’re also working on this esports arena initiative with the mayor,” he said. “We want to leave it open-ended for the dollars with the learning centers to do everything from improving the facilities, helping with the academic needs of the students that we are serving and or enhancing our technology.
“We’re just fortunate to be in a conversation and receive their support.”
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