In November 2007, in response to a need for quality out of school time programming for youth, Adams County School District 14, the city of Commerce City, and the community invited Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver to open a Club at Kearney Middle School. The new Commerce City Club combined designated Boys & Girls Club space with shared spaces within the school to provide the full spectrum of Club programming.
Almost immediately, children from this industrial area began flooding to the Club to sign up for membership. Today, the size-restricted Club is bursting at the seams – serving more than 125 youth each day. The pressing demand and need for quality after school programs for more children in this neighborhood has led to an effort to build a stand-alone facility at the former Mile High Greyhound Park. This new site will allow Boys & Girls Clubs to double its capacity and reach more than 1,000 youth each year. Currently, a lead gift of $1 million from Suncor Energy, and a generous commitment from the city – as well as the donation of 2.5 acres on which to build the site – are putting this important project in motion. Even with this generosity, an estimated $3.75 million is needed to build this Club.
The needs of thousands of children in our community are unyielding, and must be met now with the resources they need to learn, grow, and build great futures. We rely on supporters like you to be a part of this special initiative to build this new Club. Through your own philanthropy and generosity, you can help save and change the lives of thousands of children in Commerce City.
The new 20,000 square foot facility will be developed on a two-acre parcel of land just two blocks from our current location. Part of a larger redevelopment of the former Mile High Greyhound Park, the new Suncor Energy Boys & Girls Club will serve as an anchor tenant in what stands to be one of the area’s most exciting redevelopment projects.
The new Club will feature a Learning Center for homework help and our reading program, a Technology Lab for computer skills and STEM activities, an Art Room where imaginations can soar, a Teen Center where high schoolers can work on their college portfolios and plan service projects, a Kids’ Cafe where hundreds of hot meals will be served every day, a Social Recreation area for table games and tournaments, and a Gymnasium for organized team sports and fitness activities.