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Grant project: Safety-minded gymnasium repairs in Miami, FL

Dec 02, 2014
Kiwanians help make gym safer for local kids.

For kids in the greater Miami area, the Kendall Boys & Girls Club has provided healthy and wholesome sporting activities and after-school programs for over 50 years. For almost half that time, the Kiwanis Club of Miami, Florida, has provided volunteer and financial assistance to the club, with members able to see firsthand how their support has improved programming and facility conditions for local children.

Earlier this year, the Kiwanians noticed that the wall-safety panels at either end of the Kendall gymnasium were in desperate need of replacement. The gym is used daily for a variety of Boys & Girls Club youth programs, including basketball, summer camp and cheerleading practice—so it’s essential that the gym be a safe, clean environment. With the vinyl torn and the padding coming out, the panels simply weren’t serving their purpose.

The club received a grant from the Kiwanis International Foundation to replace the wall panels. Actually, the club developed a plan to request half the funds through a grant, and then to match those grant funds dollar for dollar. Our foundation looks to partner with clubs to improve their projects. The Kiwanis Club of Miami’s commitment to match the grant funds showed an exemplary spirit of commitment and collaboration.

With new padded wall panels, the Kendall Boys & Girls Club was able to continue its basketball programs uninterrupted, serving upwards of 500 boys and girls each year. Thanks to the Miami Kiwanis club—and gifts from members like you—the new panels are expected to last another 10 years. And the Kiwanis Club of Miami is looking forward to continuing its support of this valuable community institution. It’s yet another way that your gifts to the Kiwanis International Foundation extend your Kiwanis impact. Consider making a donation to help fund more grant projects like this one.