Everett Club Hosts Baseball Camp and Pro Day

BGCSC Everett Baseball Camp Group Photo 011915 Photo Credit Ed GayThe Everett Boys & Girls Club hosted a Baseball Camp and Pro Day on Monday, January 19 at the Club’s Gaffney Field. 180 kids from Snohomish County participated, drawing from many of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County’s (BGCSC) 19 Clubs, as well as youth from the Seattle Tides and Stilly Valley Little League. During the camp, participants had the opportunity to run through a series of nine stations that included hitting, pitching, speed/agility and defense. Each station was led by professional baseball players and volunteers; the adults mentored the youth on Healthy Life Choices, including the importance of getting good grades, believing in oneself, being confident and good sportsmanship. At the conclusion of the event, participants left with giveaways including MLBPA trading cards, signed bats and balls from the local pro players.

Local Boys & Girls Club alum and pro ball player Travis Snider coordinated the event and recruited fellow players to volunteer. This is the first major BGCSC event to take place at Gaffney Field since the groundbreaking for the updated field took place on October 2, 2014. The field now includes astroturf, a new scoreboard, fencing, dugouts, and seating. The renovations were made through partnership with Everett Community College, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and Snohomish County Parks and Recreation. The Everett Community College women’s softball team uses the Club field.

“What an amazing gift these guys are giving to these kids,” commented Mike McGinnis, Everett Club Director. “Many of these pro ball players helping today were Club members themselves and it is inspiring to see them giving back in this way.”

Professional baseball players and other key people who volunteered at the camp include:

Travis Snider (Pittsburgh Pirates MLB–OF, Jackson High School); Brent Lilibridge (7 Year MLB veteran–INF/OF, Jackson High School [Free Agent]); Steven Souza (Tampa Bay Rays MLB–OF, Cascade High School); James Robbins (Detroit Tigers MILB–1B, Shorecrest High School); Geoff Brown (LA Dodgers MILB–LHP, Jackson High School); Pierce Rankin (Toronto Blue Jays MILB–C, Shorecrest High School); Kawika Emsley-Pai (Pittsburgh Pirates MILB–C, Jackson High School); Mitch Canham (8 Year MILB Veteran–C, Lake Stevens High School [Free Agent]); Josh Kimborowicz (Tampa Bay Rays MILB–RHP, Jackson/Mt. Si High School); Blake Snell (Tampa Bay Rays MILB–RHP, Shorewood High School); Connor Oliver (Atlanta Braves MILB–OF, Lives locally and trains at Northcore); Kirk Nieuwenhuis (New York Mets MLB–OF, Lives locally and trains at Northcore); Dylan Davis (San Francisco Giants–OF/DH, Redmond High School); Matt Boyd (Cincinnati Reds–P, Mercer Island); Jeff Millet (Northcore Performance Training, Strength and Conditioning Coach for Professional and High School Athletes, Personal Trainer); Kirk Nicholson (Jackson High School Head Baseball Coach); Denne Snider (Father of Travis Snider and former Everett Boys & Girls Club Coach and Mill Creek Little League President); Curt Nelson (EVCC Assistant Baseball Coach).

EverTrust and BGCSC Feed Kids in Everett

The EverTrust Foundation awarded the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County (BGCSC) a $25,000 grant to execute both the Kids Café and Healthy Habits Programs in four Clubs in the City of Everett. Through Kids Café, Club youth receive hot snacks and meals daily. The Everett Club provides dinner daily, the Trailside Club provides dinner twice weekly, the South Everett/Mukilteo Club provides breakfast daily, and the Cascade Club provides a heavy, hot snack daily; together the Clubs will provide meals and snacks to 620 youth in 2015.

Healthy Habits is an eight week program in which kids participate in experiential nutrition education. The program relies upon Boys & Girls Clubs of America nutrition education curricula as well as the USDA’s “Serving up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum.” Participating youth experience increased knowledge, evidenced by improved results of a pre- and post-test. Together BGCSC and EverTrust are improving the lives of families in Snohomish County.

The Employee’s Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound Helps Kids Get Around

ECF6 Thank YouEVERETT, February 25, 2014. The Employee’s Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound recently awarded BGCSC a grant of $40,000 to provide vans for the South Everett/ Mukilteo and Everett Clubs. The Everett and South Everett/Mukilteo Clubs each have one van that is used to pick up kids after school and bring them to the Clubs. Both Clubs must make multiple trips per afternoon, and some kids had to wait at school for extended amounts of time until the van was able to pick them up. During the school year, having an additional van will ensure all kids are picked up in a timely manner and are able to spend more time at the Club, not waiting for transportation. The South Everett/Mukilteo Club will utilize the additional van for their growing teen initiative, providing more space to transport teens in need of a fun safe space to be in the evenings.

Additionally, both Clubs provide affordable summer day camps, which rely heavily on transportation for outings. The Clubs have seen increases in their camp numbers over the past couple of years, and have had to borrow vans from other Clubs or rent from other local non-profits in order to meet the demand. The new vans will allow the Clubs to increase the number of kids who can enroll in their summer camp program. With vans the Clubs will be able to take field trips to fun locations including the Woodland Park Zoo, Jetty Island, and various museums. These activities provide a rich summer experience for kids, many of whom are from low income families, and would not otherwise be able to have such a range of opportunities. A heartfelt thank you to The Employee’s Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound.

Ford donates $4,000 to BGCSC

Ford LogoThe Ford Motor Company Fund is donating $1,000 each to the Alderwood, Everett, Marysville and Snohomish Boys & Girls clubs. The Clubs will receive a grant of $1,000 to expand the previously launched Ford Focus on Child Hunger campaign and increase the number of kids who benefit from this initiative. Ford dealers in each state were matched with a local Boys & Girls Club and the money donated to each club will provide 300 meals for kids during the holidays.“As many families prepare for holiday celebrations, others are struggling simply to keep food on the table,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Today’s donation is one more step to support families and children who face food insecurity.”The Ford Fund has donated nearly $420,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs across the country in the past five years alone. Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. The Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 60 years with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company.

Everett Boys & Girls Club Director: Andie Allred

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The room swells with cheers as the “Boss Lady” makes her way to the Carpet Pool table. The kids line up for the day’s Staff Challenge, where Club members compete with a staff member for a prize and for the winner’s title.

Andie Allred, aka “Boss Lady” by Club youth, is the Program Director at the Everett Boys & Girls Club. Since she first stepped into the Club 14 years ago she has been a constant presence at the Club. As an 8 year old girl at Whittier Elementary, she begged her mom to take her to the Club. Although she doesn’t recall how she heard about it she knew she just really wanted to be at the Club and eventually she convinced her mom to get her a membership and started coming every day after school. Andie has a unique perspective since she grew up in the Club, was a volunteer and is now a director.

As a youth, Andie was active in many Club programs and activities. She played basketball and volleyball and later explained in her Youth of the Year application that “both basketball and volleyball gave me the confidence both in myself and my capability to teach youth.” One of Andie’s earliest memories of the Club is when she was nominated as member of the month. The staff honored her good character, demonstration of leadership and commitment to community by hanging a huge sign of her name on the wall. She remembers the pride she felt when she saw it and showed it to her dad.Everett Boys & Girls Club

Andie recalls all the inspirational people in her life she met through the Boys Girls Clubs, particularly Evans Henry, the first staff member who talked to her when she came to the Club and Bill Kinney, the former Unit Director at the Everett Club and now the Arlington Club Unit Director, who strongly encouraged her to apply for Youth of the Year. She remembers “he was the one who actually told me that I would be a Youth of the Year when I got older and I took that to heart and then obviously I did my best”.  Andie was nominated as the Snohomish Club Youth of the Year in 2007 where she was volunteering while in high school.

After high school, Andie attended Everett Community College and Western Washington University where she studied Recreation and Sociology. While there she designed a new Club program based off her observations and experience in the Everett Club. Approximately 25% of all youth who attend the Everett Club are drop-in kids. Andie noticed many of these kids preferred open gym to the more structured environment of the Triple Play program where the games are often more obscure and don’t have the friendly competitive component many kids love. So she developed a combination of open gym and Triple Play and appropriately titled it Triple Threat. Now, in its third year, the kids love this program which allows them the friendly competition in exercise activities such as basketball, dodge ball and kickball. Another beneficial aspect of the program is the nurturing and encouraging environment of the older youth with the younger youth. The older kids  help teach and encourage the younger kids active games which promote healthy lifestyles and good character.

Everett Boys & Girls ClubDuring her two years as a volunteer at the Snohomish Boys & Girls Club, Andie coached basketball and volleyball and mentored youth. Because of the encouraging role models she had growing up she was inspired to become one for the next generation of kids. Since she had such a positive experience as a youth in the Club, she didn’t want to leave; she wanted to give current Club kids the experience she had. The Club had become her second family and she hoped to give another child the same opportunity.

As the Program Director of the Everett Club, Andie has the ability to make the same positive difference for youth. While balancing staff schedules, meals and program planning, Andie still makes time for the kids by encouraging them when they are upset. Andie’s compassionate and empathizing nature has always stood out to others. As a staff member, the previous program director, Diana applauded Andie’s ability to drop everything just to be present, comforting to the kids and encouraging her staff. Another way Andie is making a positive difference is by helping to ensure all kids are being fed. “As young club members my friends and I could go from school to the club to sports practice and all the while we would never have to worry about whether or not we would get to eat. Now as a staff I have been the witness to the most common question at 5 o’clock every night, ‘What’s for dinner?’ We have the opportunity and privilege of caring for the next generation in such a great way that I am proud to have not only gotten to experience it myself but also be a part of continuing it.”

Looking to the future Andie, hopes to expand awareness about the Club, she has joined many community forums in order to share the great things the Clubs do for youth.

Andie’s fun-loving nature and constant presence in the Club has made her a favorite. When asked what she would choose if she had a super-human power she promptly stated breathing under water “Because then you can explore everything”.

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