Boys & Girls Clubs of SWVA 2023 Impact Report

How Community Support Revived Our Cycling Program Pedaling through Adversity I n early 2022, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia unveiled a dynamic cycling program tailored to educate and empower youth from 1st through 12th grade. This robust program was created after previous success connecting a more limited number of youth to mountain biking opportunities through a local cycling Club. Throughout 2023, the program thrived, fostering growth and camaraderie among its members. However, the program faced an unexpected setback late in the summer when the Club fell victim to a theft, resulting in the disappearance of bicycles and a temporary suspension of activities.

Yet, from this adversity emerged a narrative of resilience and community spirit. In the wake of the theft, an outpouring of support from individuals and businesses alike revitalized our spirits and reaffirmed the bonds that unite us as a Boys & Girls Club family. Thanks to the overwhelming response, including a remarkable $14,262 raised in collaboration with our partners at K92 through a radio campaign, coupled with generous bike donations, our cycling

program not only returned stronger but also saw improvements in security measures on our premises.

THANKS to the University Club of Virginia Tech for choosing Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia as the charity partner for their December 2023 Charity Classic event! The event raised $2,163 to support our Club members and their great futures. Thank you to all involved in making the event a success.

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