Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale opens new facility in Grayhawk Community
July 23, 2018
By Allyson Wittekind
Members of the Thunderbirds Branch of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale recently gathered with community leaders and supporters to celebrate the opening of the new Guenther/Curran Family Gymnasium and the Hilton Family Teen Center in the Grayhawk Community.
The 12,624-square-foot addition to the Thunderbirds Branch will allow the club to serve 200 more kids and teens daily. The Thunderbirds Branch has already seen an increase in teen membership since opening the new teen center and gym doors last month.
“Since opening the doors to our new Guenther/Curran Family Gymnasium and Hilton Family Teen Center, both spaces have been filled with happy kids and teens. We have something going on seven days a week in the gym with the help from our volleyball partners, Avalanche Athletics, and basketball partners Hoop Code Basketball Academy. For our teens, they couldn’t be happier to have a place that is all their own,” said Curt McReynolds, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s chief operating officer.
For the kids and teens that go to this center, there is no shortage of activities and things to do. Teen Club members now have their own entrance to the gymnasium and teen center that includes a fitness center, game room, teen lounge, kitchen, technology center and performing arts room.
“The Michele & Stephen Schwanz Fitness Center has been a real hit with our teens taking advantage of fitness classes and basketball training workouts. In the Bob & Renee Parsons Technology Center, our teens are learning resume writing and workforce development,” McReynolds said. “The David Lorsch, Cindy Lubin & Family Teen Lounge has given our teens a place to relax and do some experimental cooking in the kitchen. Their pancakes are amazing.”
“The support from the Guenther/Curran and Hilton families is not only incredibly generous, but vital to answer the needs for teens in our Grayhawk community,” McReynolds continued. “These new facilities are the result of a community coming alongside major investors as part of our million-dollar-matching campaign which also included gifts from Bob and Renee Parsons for the Bob & Renee Parsons Technology Center; David Lorsch and Cindy Lubin for the David Lorsch, Cindy Lubin & Family Teen Lounge; Stephen and Michele Schwanz for the Michele & Stephen Schwanz Fitness Center; and Mark and Amanda Bosco for the Mark & Amanda Bosco Family Games Room.”
Even with all these new facilities, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale continues to improve their existing clubs. “We do not have any plans at this time for any further expansions at our Thunderbirds Branch. However, in the pre-existing structure on the youth side, we are looking at a general facelift with fresh carpet and paint. Keeping our clubs up to date and safe is top on our list,” McReynolds said.
Research shows that the more time youth spend at a Boys & Girls Club, the more likely they are to feel more connected to school and have greater aspirations past high school. At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, youth development professionals and mentors provide guidance, support and encouragement in an enriching and safe environment. Their outcome-based programming assures that success is in reach for all kids and teens, no matter their circumstances.