2013 Football Program & Sponsor Info:
When our current facility on Opportunity Drive was built in 2007, a state-of-the art football field was included. There was no local Boys & Girls Club football program…until now. Our committed staff works diligently to ensure that children in our community have a safe and fun place to be after school, with diverse programming including character, leadership, education and career development, as well as health, life skills, arts, sports, fitness and recreation. In an effort to expand our programming opportunities, we’ve decided the time is right to invest in implementing our own tackle football program.
The new (youth) football program at BGC made plenty of noise in 2012, their first year in program history. Playing in the Greater Wichita City league, BGC sponsored five teams ranging from 2nd grade thru 8th grade and it filled the air with excitement and enthusiasm at the club. The BGC 5th grade team was (NFC) Divisional Champions last season and that certainly has set the bar extremely high for the upcoming football season. Larry Allen (Director of Football Operations) says he is very pleased with the outcome of last season and the direction the football program his headed.
This year the plan is to have four football teams, involving 100+ members. We believe we can reach even more impressionable youth through our marching band, dance, and cheer squads. Participating in a team environment is a vehicle to teach our members about leadership, teamwork, discipline and decision-making skills, and important life lessons both on and off the field. Together, these programs will attract additional volunteers from the community to help with our teams, increase parental involvement, bring more publicity to our Club throughout the community, and make our facility even more marketable to additional youth that need us most.
Coach Larry Allen will continue to lead our football program in 2013. If you know Coach Allen, you are likely to be just as excited as we are about his commitment to excellence. Coach Allen’s coaching career spans over 30 years and he has coached, trained or mentored several local players including Detroit Lions Hall-of-Famer Barry Sanders; former Oklahoma State and current Dallas Cowboy running back Joe Randle and many others.
We can only impact the lives of at-risk children if they come to the Club, and football gives them another motivating factor to do so. We strive to give our members every opportunity possible, especially when they have so many obstacles in their way.
- In our community, more than 1 in 3 of the children we serve live in poverty.
- They are 14 times more likely to experience crimes such as robbery.
- They are six times more likely to encounter murder.
- The high school drop-out rate is 26% higher than in the rest of the community
Please consider supporting these young people through an annual athletic sponsorship. The form on the back supplies details on commitment levels for our athletic programs. By doing so, you give our members an affordable way to participate in a game we all love so much. But most importantly, you give them the opportunity to take advantage of all the Club has to offer – a nurturing environment where young people’s self-esteem soars by instilling in them a sense of belonging, competence, power, influence and usefulness. Thank you for your consideration!
Please contact Coach Larry Allen if you are interested or have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or (316) 201-1890 ext. 113.
Meritrust Bank is a proud sponsor of our football program