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Walk-A-Thon to Raise Scholarship Money

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Many people may be familiar with the athletic programs available through the Boys and Girls Clubs nationwide. However the organization is more than just a ball club. This coming weekend there will an important event to support some of the lesser known opportunities available for kids who are at a higher risk of dropping out of school or abusing drugs and alcohol. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has this report.

The Boys and Girls Clubs across the country offer numerous summer and after-school programs which include a wide variety of activities. Julie Good is spokesperson for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield. She says that of all of the services they provide to area children, the most important is educational support. This comes in several forms, like tutoring, extra curricular learning activities, and various scholarships. This Saturday Boys and Girls Clubs will host a walk-a-thon. Good says that the fundraising event is to support one of those scholarships.

"This is the fourth annual Boys and Girls Club Auxilary walk-a-thon. The event supports a special program honoring the Youth of the Year winner for the Springfield area Boys and Girls Clubs, by providing that winner with a $12,000 college scholarship." said Good.

Good says that the Youth of the Year scholarship is just one of many scholarships available for current and former members of Boys and Girls Clubs.

"These scholarship opportunities are available to anyone who has ever been a member, even if it was years ago, whenever they decide that they are ready to go to college." Good said.

Good says that there are other learning opportunities like music, dance, and art programs, which are available to children who might not otherwise get to have such experiences. And it’s not just “at –risk” kids who can take advantage of the programs, all kids are welcome.

Good says that the Walk-a-Thon is open to any individual or group that would like to participate in the event. Individual and team sponsorships are still available.

"It's definately not too late at all, we're still taking sponsorships. We will be finalizing the sponsor's names on t-shirts by Wednesday of this week. But anyone can still get a team together. We have paperwork available at our office or for downloading on our website. Individuals can also participate. Everyone is welcome to join even on the day of the event." Good said.

The Walk-a-Thon will take place on Saturday, June 19th , beginning with a pancake breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Stalnaker Unit of the Boys and Girls Clubs, and the walk starts at 10. To learn more about this event, or to learn about the various programs and services available through Boys and Girls Clubs, click here. For KSMU News, I’m Theresa Bettmann