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South Boston Boys and Girls Club pushes for new gym

Posted by Patrick Rosso  July 3, 2013 01:39 PM

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(Image courtesy South Boston Boys and Girls Club)


Current conditions at the club's gym.


Members of the South Boston Boys and Girls Club are pushing for a new gym, and all they need are votes.

The West 6th Street club is one of five Boys and Girls Clubs in five cities across the country that are competing for votes for a gym renovation, courtesy of the athletic apparel company Under Armor.

“The gym helps us with healthy lifestyles, build character, and it’s also a place where the kids can be part of a team and have fun,” explained Harry Duvall, executive director of the club.

The gym is used for a variety of activities, from free time for teenagers to shoot hoops to enrichment programs for the club's youngest members.

Constructed in 1990, the structure serves on average 200 youth a day and hasn’t seen an update since.

With nearly immobile wooden bleachers, old floors, and unpadded walls, the club's renovations are important for both the kids and their safety, Duvall said.

“The main part is safety, but it would give a huge boost to the community,” he said.

He added it would also coincide with plans the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston have for renovations to the South Boston club.

“We’re making solid plans for renovations to the club and it would be great timing,” Duvall said.

As of Wednesday the club was in third place behind Atlanta and Chicago, with close to 550 votes.

To vote for the South Boston club, click here.

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