The Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia announced a new campaign Tuesday that will benefit thousands of kids throughout the city.
The $40 million campaign, titled "A Bold Change for Kids", will be mainly put towards a new, state-of-the-art Boys & Girls Club in Germantown, in addition to a new ice hockey rink which will be operated by the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation. The remaining funds will be used to renovate six Clubs in the area.
The new Club in Philadelphia will be named in honor of Comcast's founder Ralph J. Roberts and his commitment to Philly. Roberts lived in Germantown and has had a deep connection with the Germantown community.
“We are incredibly honored and humbled that Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia has decided to name the new Germantown Club after Comcast’s founder, Ralph Roberts," said Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast. "His commitment to Philadelphia is immeasurable, and we look forward to seeing the next generation of leaders that come through Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia.”
The new Club will include an Internet Essentials Lab, Digital Literacy Center, STEM lab, art room, Kids Café, dance room, music studio, social recreation space, several classrooms, a double gym that can host soccer, basketball, and volleyball leagues, as well the rink that the Ed Snider Foundation will build and operate.
The Foundation serves over 3,000 kids, giving them the opportunity to play hockey while also emphasizing character development, life skills, fitness, nutrition and academics. These programs include ice time, coaching, equipment, travel, and academic services and are delivered at no cost to city residents.
“We’re thrilled to partner with the Germantown Boys & Girls Club and Comcast on this wonderful project,” said Ed Snider. “This project is congruent with the mission of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, which is to build lives and unite communities."