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Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint Anniversary

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint Anniversary

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FLINT (WJRT) - (04/28/14) - It's a big week for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint - one that not only pays tribute to a decade of service, but one that will also help pave the way for the future.
The group is ready to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its arrival on Averill Avenue - their home base on the city's east side.

"It's awesome to celebrate 10 years serving the community. The club's favorite game is dodge ball, so why not celebrate with a dodge ball tournament," said Tauzzari Robinson, interim executive director.

That adult-only dodge ball tournament and anniversary party takes place Saturday from 10 am. - 2 p.m.

"We want doctors, lawyers, we've got a couple of banks and schools going against each other. It's going to be a good time," Robinson said.

It's all part of a fundraising campaign that kicked off Monday morning - one that will help support the expansion of the club's summer programs.

"There's an instructional baseball program, we partner with a local golf pro for golf instruction, plus our off site stuff, which includes swimming at the Y, bowling at Richfield Bowl, and lots of field trips," said Sarah Pender, development director.

Last summer, activities and supervision were provided for more than 600 kids every day.  Even more are expected this summer, and some of that dodge ball money will go toward club scholarships.

"Our membership fee is only $10 a year per child, and we do scholarship that about 30 percent of the time," Pender said.

This week also marks the first full one on the job for the club's new interim executive director, Tauzzari Robinson. Robinson spent the last five years as the club's director of programs and operations. He grew up as a Boys and Girls club kid himself in Orville, Ohio.

"It's a great honor. If I had told myself when I was a 7-year-old club member that I'd be in this position, I probably would have thought that I was crazy,"  Robinson said.

With that in mind, Robinson says this new position isn't just about his passion, it's something personal.

 "The Club had a huge impact on me, and anything that I can do to make it better and have an impact on kids lives, it's a big deal for me," he said.

The Boys and Girls Club is still looking to recruit a few more dodgeball teams for Saturday's tournament.

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