UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Wakeman Boys & Girls Club celebrates a century

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Wakeman Boys & Girls Club celebrates a century

On Christmas Day in 1913, the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club opened in the Southport section of Fairfield. And for nearly a century, the organization has given local kids a safe place to play, grow and learn. Over the last decade, with the addition of clubhouses in Fairfield and Bridgeport, Wakeman has expanded its outreach to include young people such as Rondell Jones, an 18-year-old student at Bassick High School. "I've been going here for two years, and I really enjoy it," Jones said recently. "My favorite thing is playing basketball in the gym and it's the best spot to play around here." And yet, the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club is more than open gym time, although that remains one of its most popular pastimes. The three local clubhouses operate robust schedules that include mentoring, computer labs, game rooms, youth sports and academic support.
With all three clubhouses, Wakeman serves about 4,000 local kids and boasts nearly 350 volunteers. READ MORE:

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