WASHINGTON, April 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Clubhouse 14 debuted a brand new Gamesroom today, thanks to a $20,000 Triple Play grant from the Anthem Foundation. The grant provided much-needed updates in equipment and supplies for the Club's Gamesroom which is the central hub for kids to learn about team work, getting along with others and leadership.
The Gamesroom is a place with in a Boys & Girls Club where members are able to take part in a wide variety of games and activities and can socialize with their friends. It is the most utilized program area in the Boys & Girls Club and as a result take a lot of wear and tear.
The renovation of the new room is made possible locally through the support of the Anthem Foundation and includes areas where kids and teens can participate in educational activities that teach them social skills that enable them to relate to others effectively and how to contribute in positive ways to the culture around them.
"We know that providing a space where kids and teens can have fun and build healthy habits is important in order to help them pave a healthy path for their future," said Merrill Friedman, senior director, disability policy engagement at Anthem, Inc. "That's why the Anthem Foundation is proud to support the Washington, DC communities and spaces like this which create a positive environment to learn and thrive."
While the Gamesroom is a flurry of activity, with a number of different games happening at the same time, it is positive environment where character development, teamwork and conflict-resolution lessons are occurring as part of the Club's Triple Play program.
Triple Play is Boys & Girls Clubs of America's signature health and wellness program focused on the mind, body and soul to teach kids and teens about living a healthy lifestyle. Since 2005, Triple Play has made connections with more than 10 million youth around the country.
"We must do everything possible to provide a state-of-the art environment where kids and teens can learn and develop the leadership and social skills needed to be great inside and outside of the Club. This new Gamesroom will help our Club members develop social and emotional wellbeing, a key component to achieving success in working with others and a great future," said Jim Almond, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington's Interim President & CEO. "We're very excited about the improvements and we thank Anthem Foundation for their commitment to our Boys & Girls Club and the greater D.C. community."
Social recreation is essential to the healthy development of children and teens. Through the Triple Play program, Boys & Girls Clubs are influencing the next generation of leaders who are socially and morally sound.
An evaluation conducted by Youth Development Strategies, Inc. in 2009 found that the Triple Play program has improved youth's interactions with peers at the Club. The study also proved that Triple Play helps both youth who start with good quality peer relationships and those who start with poor ones improve social interaction.
About Triple Play
Sponsored by The Anthem Foundation and The Coca-Cola Company, Triple Play is Boys & Girls Clubs of America's signature health and wellness program. Triple Play began in 2005 and focuses on nutrition and health education, access to healthy meals, and teaching youth how to commit to fitness as well as positive relationship building and self-confidence elements. Learn more about the program at www.bgca.org/tripleplay.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW) is a major metro affiliate of Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). Celebrating more than 130 years of service to children, teens and families, BGCGW now serves over 15,000 youth annually through out-of-school time programs at 12 sites throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
Through a variety of educational, sports and recreation, health, arts, and character development programs, BGCGW creates a positive environment where children are encouraged to develop their ambitions and turn them into GREAT FUTURES. BGCGW helps boys and girls of all backgrounds, especially those who need us most, build confidence, develop character and acquire the skills needed to become productive, civic-minded, responsible adults.
For more information, please call (202) 540-2300 or visit www.bgcgw.org.
About Anthem Foundation
The Anthem Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc. and through charitable contributions and programs, the Foundation promotes the inherent commitment of Anthem, Inc. to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Anthem, Inc. and its affiliated health plans serve. The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical conditions. These disease states and medical conditions include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinates the company's year-round Associate Giving program which provides a 50 percent match of associates' pledges, as well as its Volunteer Time Off and Dollars for Doers community service programs. To learn more about the Anthem Foundation, please visit http://www.anthem.foundation and its blog at http://anthemfoundation.tumblr.com.
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