LeBron James Family Foundation Fuels Little Village Club's Hearts, Minds & Souls
January 26, 2012 01:50 AM
Young people at our Little Village Club, located at 2801 S. Ridgeway Avenue, are excited about their recently renovated gym thanks to a $120,000 grant from the LeBron James Family Foundation (LJFF).
Little Village Club was one of 13 Clubs nationwide selected for project improvements by the Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America to increase the Clubs’ ability to improve the health, wellness and academic conditions of its members. The grant included:
- A complete renovation of the Club’s original gym, dating back to 1918 when the Club first opened. Key improvements included installing a new hardwood floor,energy efficient lighting, padding, new basketball boards, a volleyball system and electronic scoreboard, along with knocking out the old drywall and reinforcing the walls and, of course, a new coat of paint.
- The LJFF grant also included 16 new HP computers which helped to increase and improve the Club’s technology resources.
In support of the LJFF grant, Nike donated approximately $5,000 in equipment, footwear and apparel to help the Little Village Club, which revitalized their sports activities and league participation.
The Little Village Club is the oldest of our 16 city-wide Clubs. The Club serves nearly 400 youth each year in one of the most densely populated Latino areas of the city. The neighborhood has the youngest median age in Chicago as well as the second least amount of green space in the city. In addition, the Club has had trouble recruiting teens because it is located on a dangerous gang border.
"The LeBron James Family Foundation grant revitalizing our Club’s gym and technology lab are instrumental for giving children and teens in our community a safe place to play and develop as well as serve as a catalyst for change in our neighborhood," said Hermilo Hinojosa, Area Club Director. "An improved and inviting space with higher quality sports programming and technology will draw children and teens, encouraging them to develop healthy minds, bodies and souls."
The LeBron James Family Foundation (LJFF) was founded in 2004 with a primary focus on teaching children to be physically fit, academically focused and environmentally aware. Devoted to its core values, the foundation is committed to creating and supporting events that demonstrate its dedication to the community, while simultaneously creating special memories for families in need.