12th Annual Charity Golf Tournament
April 15, 2013
Help support "The Positive Place for Kids" in Lee County by participating in our annual golf tournament. Over 900 Lee County children are counting on your support. Please join us on April 15, 2013 at Tobacco Road Golf Course located in Sanford, NC. Tobacco Road was named the "Best new golf course in North Carolina in 1999; Top 10 you can play-Golf Magazine; Top 10, upscale public division-Golf Digest; 10th hardest course in America-Golf Digest; and Best New Clubhouse in America-Golf Inc." If you have never played Tobacco Road visit them at www.tobaccoroadgolf.com and see what you will be missing.
The format will be a four person Superball Tournament with an 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM shotgun start. There will be first, second, third and fourth place winners for gross and net divisions. There will also be prizes for closest to the pin and long drive. All proceeds will go to benefit the Club to carry out the following mission: To inspire and enable all youth served to realize their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.
Lunch will be available between the end of the morning round and the beginning of the afternoon round. Awards will be presented immediately following the completion of each round. Hospitality carts will be on the course with complimentary beverages and snacks.
Number of players will be kept to a level that will allow for 4 1/2 hour rounds.
Please click on the link below to print out the Golf Registration Form. Payments can be made using this website as well. If you have any questions, please contact Bo Hedrick at 919-776-3525.
Click on the link below to fill out the form online.
Gregory Newell-2012-2013 Youth of the Year
Josh Watson, Aaron Blockman, Gabrielle Judd, Gregory Newell, Nnameka McLean, Gabrielle Holmes, and William Johnson, Teen Director.
Ken Armstrong, Executive Dir.-Housing Authority
Bo Hedrick-CPO Boys & Girls Club and Gabrielle Holmes
| Great Futures Start Here!
Boys & Girls Club Honors Youth Award Winners!
A packed house waited in prolonged silence Thursday night, finally bursting into applause as Gregory Newell, a 17 year old senior at Southern Lee High School won the Youth of the Year title. Newell competed against five other teen club members for the award. "Even though this plaque says my name on it, it really should have all the other contestants names on it," said Newell. The judges for the contest agreed with him, said lead judge Barbara James in her introductory speech, saying that the Club's CPO, Bo Hedrick, wouldn't let them declare a six-way tie. But in the end, it was Newell whose name kept coming up as the most worthy, she said mainly because of difficulties he has faced and conquered throughout his life. "What I'll say is, life has given him many challenges, and he has been able to cope with them all in an extraordinary manner," James said. Instead of dwelling on those past tribulations, Newell focused on his future, saying he wants to enter the criminal justice program at Central Carolina Community College and become a Lee County Sheriff's deputy. William Johnson, the Teen Director for the Club, agreed Newell was an inspiring choice and said he has a good shot at winning the statewide Youth of the Year award in the spring. "I didn't even realize some of the adversity he had gone through until I read his essay," Johnson said. "...But he took that adversity and turned it into fuel. He plays instruments, has great grades, does ROTC, mentors at the Club, to name a few." Newell's fellow finalists; Josh Watson, Aaron Blockmon, Gabrielle Judd, Nnameka McLean, and Gabrielle Holmes all seemed to concur as well, as any fleeting disappointment over not being named quickly turned into smiles and applause.
Holmes won the Club's Gus Oelrich Award for outstanding character and leadership. The 16 year old Lee County High School junior said she was honored since the competition was so intense. Hedrick said she won because of her work going up to Raleigh to meet with a statewide group of county commissioners and politicking on behalf of the Boys & Girls Clubs all over. But she said she doesn't want to get into politics, and like Newell is considering a criminal justice career.
The Club also gave a lifetime membership award to Jonathan York, a recent UNC-Chapel Hill graduate and one of the first youths to join the Sanford Club when it opened years ago. He has been working as a mentor at the Club for the past nine months but is about to move on. Sticking to his mentorship role, he spoke directly to the youth in attendance: "The world has a lot of problems, and you are the solution," he said. "So go out and get a job, write a book, go to Mars. Change something for the better."
Prior to the awards, various officials also spoke at length about the importance of the building all of this took place in, a building at 200 Church Street that was long-abandoned, which also got it's grand opening Thursday night. Local law enforcement officers, politicians and businessmen came out in force to support the Club, as did dozens of community members.
The building is being operated jointly by the Sanford Housing Authority and the Boys & Girls Club. Housing Authority Executive Director Ken Armstrong said he's excited to see what comes out of this new addition to the community near Gilmore Terrace, one of the city's public housing developments. "We went from a community 10 years ago where people were actually afraid to come out here," he said of the neighborhood where for the month in which the building has been open, parents have been sending about 70 kids daily to play and get help with homework after school.He invoked the metaphor of how it takes a village to raise a child, saying that the Boys & Girls Club plays the role of the village for Lee County families who might need a little help.
"It never hurts to have positive role models in your child's life, and you can never have enough," he said.
(Some of this taken from Sanford Herald, November 9, 2012-Will Doran-writer)
To view a slideshow of pictures from this night, please click on the link below.
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There are always things happening at the Club. Be a part of one of our many programs. Be a part of a group.. for more information, please contact Cephonia Gilmore at 919-776-3525 (O.T. Sloan Site Unit Director) or Dana Ellis-Petty at 919-776-6304 (Church Street Site Unit Director).
School year membership fee: $32.00 a year!
Homework help is offered every Monday through Thursday from 3:45-4:45. This is called "Power Hour." After homework, the kids are in age groups and rotate to their different areas. Some of the areas include: Gameroom, Art Department, Gym, and our Education Department where our specialty programs are run like Hooked on Phonics and Phenomenal Girls. We also have a Middleschool Room and a Teen Center dedicated to our older members.
Below is the link to our membership page where you will find more information and the link to our membership application.