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Future looks bright for Boys and Girls Club

Jan. 8, 2017 at 8:45 p.m.
Updated Jan. 9, 2017 at 12:15 a.m.

By the Advocate Editorial Board

When Marc Hinojosa, former executive director for the Boys and Girls Club of Victoria, retired in May of last year, the Club's board faced the daunting task of finding someone to take the reins and continue steering one of Victoria's most important services in the right direction.

The Boys and Girls Club fills a key position in our community. From its after-school programs to summer camps, the organization aims to fill the gap between school hours and when many parents get home from work. It provides a healthy outlet for Victoria's kids to get exercise, healthy snacks, homework help and positive peer and adult interactions. More than that, it is an affordable and safe option for working parents to know that their children are being well taken care of.

Keeping our youth engaged and learning not just academics but also the value of citizenship, integrity and sportsmanship is one of the most important tasks facing our community. So, we're encouraged to see Adam Shugart step up to direct Victoria's Club.

Even in the short time since he's been named executive director, Shugart's zeal and dedication to the program have been causes for great optimism about the future for our community's youth. He's set both small goals (building renovations, staff development training) and large ones (hosting a mixed martial arts tournament, starting a teen center, expanding the Club to a second location), as well as spending time with some of the more than 115 kids who take part in the after-school activities. While balancing such a full schedule, though, Shugart said his main focus is providing a safe environment for children to learn and grow.

The new executive director's focus and drive are admirable. We think the Boys and Girls Club of Victoria has made an excellent choice in leadership and we want to encourage the community to support both Shugart and our local Club in future endeavors.

This opinion reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.


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