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Community to relive childhood at Boys & Girls Clubs’ Day for Kids; Special event encourages adults to spend meaningful time with kids, proving one day can change a child’s future

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Oct. 7, 2014) – Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County is gearing up to celebrate its annual Day for Kids event with more than 100 parents and kids on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Sky Zone located at 14181 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 140 in Fort Myers.

Day for Kids highlights the critical needs of children in the community while celebrating the life-changing work taking place at Boys & Girls Clubs each day. The event encourages adults to spend meaningful time with the community’s youth and engage in fun and active play.

“Today, too many youth are facing serious issues that can deprive them of a happy, healthy childhood, which may negatively impact their future,” said Shannon Lane, chief professional officer of the BGCLC. “Day for Kids creates a unique opportunity for the participating adults to relive their childhood while encouraging the kids to just be kids and enjoy themselves. We’d like to thank our amazing supporters ‘Pledge to Play’ who fosters stronger relationships and meaningful time spent with local youth.”

Supporting kids is a critical issue for our nation where kids are in crisis. Today’s generation is estimated to be worse off than their parents. Our nation’s graduation rate ranks 22nd among 28 countries, while three out of 10 kids are obese or overweight, and one in five American kids live in poverty.

Boys & Girls Clubs believes that every young person deserves a great future and that ensuring a safe, productive place for them to spend out-of-school time is a vital, yet overlooked, factor.

Celebrating 40 years of providing quality youth programs and brighter futures for young people in the Lee County community, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County works to inspire and enable young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The BGCLC strives to provide a safe, world-class Club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through its doors. The organization envisions all of its members graduating high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character, citizenship while adapting a healthy lifestyle.

The area’s five Clubs are located in communities with the greatest need where similar services are limited or nonexistent. Membership dues are $10 per school year so that all children can have access to its programs. The BGCLC relies upon the philanthropic support of individuals, corporations and foundations in order to sustain and grow its services.

For more information about the BGCLC, call 239-334-1886 or visit www.BGCLC.net.

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