Boys and Girls Club celebrates success of both club and students

The Boys and Girls Club of Hopkinsville celebrated the successes of the club, its students and the great futures that await both at an annual luncheon Wednesday.

Attendees filled the gymnasium of the facility on South Walnut Street and heard about the impact the club has had on the youth that go there—including from 7-year old Kasen Hudson who says that the club has helped him stay on track in school while having fun.

Executive Director Terrence Davis invited the crowd to imagine a world where all the odds seem to be against you and then you find a place that accepts you with open arms and pushes you to be the best you can be—he says for many students, the Boys and Girls Club is that place.

2019 Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year Taylor Gilmore now tutors with the club and says that she will never forget what it meant for her and what it means to her now to be the one helping kids.

Director of Development for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America Alan Brostoff says the local club has been rated one of the most optimal clubs in the region.

The Boys and Girls Club served approximately 132 children a day in the last year, and that number only went up during the summer months—a significant increase in attendance compared its opening year in 2005. Former Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp received recognition for being a Champion of the Youth.

A capitol campaign continues to raise funds to build a cafeteria onto the existing campus. To donate to the cause, or for more information on how to sign-up a child, contact the Boys and Girls Club.