Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield Receive National Awards

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield, Missouri received two honor awards from the Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s 112th National Conference held last week in San Diego, California.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield, Missouri won Overall Program Excellence under the category or organizational budgets of $500,00 or more and Program Excellence in Character and Leadership Development.

“In communities nationwide, Boys & Girls Clubs play a vital role in providing young people with safe places to learn and grow,” said Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation. “We are pleased to recognize Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield for providing exemplary programs and making a positive difference in the lives of local young people.”

The awards came with a prize of $10,000 from the MetLife Foundation, the sponsor of the annual recognition event, according to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield, Missouri press release.

The Overall Program Excellence award is given to the club which has conducted the best overall program among entries submitted in each of the Boys and Girls Clubs Association’s five core program categories. Those categories include character and leadership development; education and career development; health and life skills; the arts; and sports, fitness and recreation.

The Program Excellence in Character and Leadership Development award recognizes programs that “most effectively empowers youth to support and influence their Club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image, participate in the democratic process, and respect their own and others’ cultural identities,” according to the press release.

According to the release, the Sertoma Unit on Golden Avenue received the Overall Program Excellence award for their “commitment to quality programming, member’s overall Club experience scores, and trained, passionate staff members.”

The release also mentioned the LOTT of Love Club that is designed to “encourage members to appreciate themselves, understand others, and take personal leadership in confronting bias,” according to the release.

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