BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER KANSAS CITY CELEBRATES ITS MEMBERS WITH NATIONAL BOYS & GIRLS CLUB WEEK

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, March 21, 2014

For Interviews or More Information: Sharon Cleaver, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City Phone: 816-462-0136 Mobile: 816-674-3721 Email Address:scleaver@helpKCkids.org / Web site: www.helpKCkids.org

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER KANSAS CITY CELEBRATES ITS MEMBERS WITH NATIONAL BOYS & GIRLS CLUB WEEK Over 4,000 Clubs nationwide celebrate by opening their doors to the community

KANSAS CITY, Mo - On March 23 – 29, 2014, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City joins more than 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs across America and on U.S. military installations with its annual celebration of National Boys & Girls Club Week. The week-long celebration calls attention to the important role Boys & Girls Clubs play in the support and success of nearly 4 million young people each year.

This year's theme – ‘Open the Door. Take the Tour' – encourages communities, families, friends and supporters of its Club members to experience first-hand how Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City is making a difference in the lives of young people. The Clubs will celebrate all week through daily activities that emphasize our core program areas.

“At the heart of our organization is a desire to positively influence the lives of young people in our community,” said David A. Smith, President of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City. “Boys & Girls Club Week is the perfect time for the greater Kansas City community to experience the dozens of life-changing programs we offer to nearly 1,000 youth every day aimed to promote academic success, a healthy lifestyle and good character.”

The planned activities during National Boys & Girls Club Week are as follows:

Monday: Open the door to education. The Clubs’ top academic achieving Club members will be recognized and honored by being selected for the President’s List, a Club honor roll.

Tuesday: Open the door to the arts. The community will be invited to a Club Art Fair at Starbucks, 4101 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64111 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Guests can meet the artists as they display their latest creations.

Wednesday: Open the door to character and citizenship. Nearly 1,000 Club members will join in a day dedicated to community service by completing projects or activities that benefit their local community.

Thursday: Open the door to healthy lifestyles. Club members will help set the “Wanna Play” Guinness World Record for most people exercising to a fitness video within a 24-hour period.

Friday: Open the door. Take a tour. All five Club locations will host an Open House to invite the community to see first-hand the programs and activities the Clubs offer to the greater Kansas City community.

Learn more about the programs and activities offered by Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas city at www.helpKCkids.org or (816) 361-3600.

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City For more than one hundred years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City has provided a fun and safe environment for youth, ages 5-18, to learn, play, meet new friends and grow. From sports, digital arts and media to group activities and tutoring, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City provides top-quality programs to nearly 1,000 area youth each day. Whether it is learning how an individual can make a difference in his/her community or learning how to play basketball – the Clubs strive to help youth feel important and put their dreams of a great future within reach. For more information, visit www.helpKCkids.org or facebook.com/helpKCkids

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