Boca West Children’s Foundation, which provides grants and volunteers to 25 local non-profit children’s organizations, is providing funding, as well as instructors and volunteers, so that 1,200 underserved kids can attend six different summer programs.
The summer programs include a five-week tennis camp held at Boca West Country Club, a two-week golf, “Hook A Kid On Golf’’ program, FAU’s Summer Band Camp, Summer Strings at Lynn University, Camp Wewa, Camp KAVOD, which serves disabled kids and Ball Stars Youth Camp, and a basketball camp run by former NBA players.
“Camps and after school programs funded by Boca West Children Foundation make a real difference in the lives of the kids that attend. The foundation does a great job of providing underserved kids with the opportunity to attend fun learning activities during the summer, which helps us keep these kids out of gangs in Palm Beach County,” said Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw.
More than 200 children from the Wayne Barton Study Center, Boys & Girls Club, Caridad Center and Florence Fuller Child Development Centers (East and West campuses) are attending tennis camp at Boca West Country Club’s tennis center this summer. Each child will receive new tennis shoes, an outfit and lunch each day.
Hook A Kid On Golf will introduce 25 kids from the Wayne Barton Study Center and 25 kids from the Boys & Girls Club to golf. Kids from each organizations will attend a weeklong golf camp at Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton during July. Children will receive golf instruction from Boca West Country Club’s golf pros, a t-shirt and a hat. Lunch will be provided by the club each day.
Boca West Children’s Foundation is also sponsoring two music camp programs for children at risk. Because of this funding, the FAU’s Summer Band Camp will host 200 economically disadvantaged students, and the Nat King Cole Generation Hope Summer Strings Program will be able to send 200 students to spend a week with students of the Lynn University Philharmonia.
In addition, the foundation is sponsoring 160 “camperships” to allow children from the Boys & Girls Club and SOS Children Villages to go to sleep away camp at Camp Winona and Camp WeWa, each affiliated with YMCA. Each participant will receive swim goggles, a sleeping bag and duffle bag.
Boca West Children’s Foundation was launched in November of 2010. The foundation’s mission is to identify and fund projects to assist at-risk children and their families in need in the area. Since its inception, the foundation has funded more than $5 million for specific programs of 25 charities. The foundation came about as a desire by members of Boca West Country Club to give back to the Palm Beach County community.
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