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Local clubs celebrate national Boys & Girls Club week

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry will open their doors to the community March 24-29 in celebration of national Boys & Girls Club of America Week. This year’s theme is “Open the Door, Take a Tour.”

As part of national Boys & Girls Clubs of America Week, the local clubs that make up Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry including Beaufort, Bluffton, Hilton Head, Jasper and Sheldon, will host special events for their members, parents and the community.

“Come take a tour, participate in our free and fun events and see for yourself how our Lowcountry Boys & Girls Clubs are impacting our youth,” says Chris Protz, Chief Professional Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry.

National Boys & Girls Club of America Week is a time for the 4,000 clubs nationwide to open their doors and show their communities how Great Futures begin. The Boys & Girls Clubs of America provide young people hope and opportunity, a safe place to learn and grow, life-enhancing programs, character-building experiences and the chance to develop relationships with caring and professional adults.

There are Boys & Girls Clubs in Beaufort, Bluffton, Hilton Head, Jasper County and Sheldon. Find out all the details about each club’s events for national Boys & Girls Clubs of America Week, March 24-28 by visiting www. bcglowcountry.org. The most notable local activities include:

• Sheldon Club, 21 Agnes Major Road, Sheldon. On Wednesday, March 26, 4 p.m., the club will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a clean-up of the club and surrounding highway. Special guests will include the late Russ Epker’s wife, Ann Percival. Russ Epker was instrumental in starting the Sheldon Club. Contact Debry Thompson at 843-846-9911.

• Beaufort Club, 1100 Boundary St., Beaufort: Thursday, March 27, 4:30 p.m., the club’s Martial Arts Program will have an exhibition for club members and parents. There have been participating members who have completely changed their behavior, grades in school, etc. because of their participation in this program. Contact Anthony Murray at 843-986-5437.

• Jasper Club, 913 Grays Highway, Ridgeland: Tuesday, March 25, 4-7 p.m. The Jasper Club will host a “Night of Art” where the club will be transformed into an art gallery for family members, teachers and community leaders to visit. Thursday, March 27, 4:30 p.m. the Jasper Club will “open the door to healthy lifestyles” as it hosts a Zumba party for members, friends and guests. All age groups included. Contact Anne Walker at 843-717-1615.

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