WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, Comcast, local elected officials and community partners gathered to celebrate an inaugural game of soccer on a brand new sports field at Florence De George Boys & Girls Club.
On April 22 during Comcast Cares Day, the company’s annual day of service, employees and their families, friends and community volunteers planted 8,680 square feet of sod on an empty dirt lot adjacent to the Club. Three months later, the sod, which was donated by the City of West Palm Beach, has grown in to grass to create a new sports field.
“We couldn’t be more excited to start using this new field. Since Comcast Cares Day, our club members, staff and myself have been patiently but eagerly waiting for it to be ready,” said Jaene Miranda, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. “Thank you Comcast for this wonderful field and all of the improvements volunteers made at the club, inside and out, on Comcast Cares Day.”
West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio cut the ribbon to officially mark the opening, then Boys & Girls Club members and Comcast employees took to the field to play soccer.
“I was also here on Comcast Cares Day back in April and saw what this space used to look like. What an amazing transformation it has made from basically nothing to a wonderful space that children here at the Club will enjoy for years to come,” said Muoio. “It is truly wonderful to see how our community is positively impacted when companies like Comcast and nonprofit organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs work together.”
Comcast also brought 300 book bags for club members. The bags were donated by the Office Depot Foundation as a part of its National Backpack Program and are filled with school supplies donated by Palm Beach County Comcast employees.
“We love getting the opportunity to spend time with kids from our community through our partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs,” said Alex Price, Director of Government Affairs and Community Investment for Comcast in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. “Today’s event was particularly unique and fulfilling because we got to see firsthand how the hard work of our volunteers on Comcast Cares Day has paid off.”
In addition, Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County received a $25,000 Comcast Foundation grant on behalf of everyone who volunteered on Comcast Cares Day.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County
Founded in 1971, Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit youth development organization dedicated to promoting the educational, vocational, health, leadership and character of boys and girls in a safe, nurturing environment. Thirteen Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Palm Beach County serve more than 8,000 children ages 6 - 18. In addition to a safe, fun and constructive alternative to being home alone, the Clubs offer a variety of award-winning developmental programs to help youth build skills, self-esteem and values during critical periods of growth. For more information, please visit www.bgcpbc.org or call 561-683-3287.
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