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Stories Added - January 2009
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Club Director Offers Opportunities for Youth
Houston County Courier - January 2009
Xavier Wooten of Crockett said, "This may sound corny, but I have a vision about making the Boys and Girls Club better and I am passionate about my job as club director."
Immediately after graduation from Stephen F. Austin in May with a degree in psychology and general business, Wooten, also a Crockett High School graduate began working at the B&G Club where his mother, Gloria Wooten, was then director.
Now with the title of unit director under his belt, Wooten immediately began implementing his own ideas to improve the image and stature of the B & G Club of Crockett.
One of his visionary concepts will come true Saturday, Jan. 31 when the youth of this area, ages 6-18, has the opportunity to attend a Houston Rockets basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 31. At press time, only a couple of spots were still available on the bus that leaves for Houston at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Wooten, who coordinated the free trip to the Rockets game said, "This Saturday will be a night to remember." He added, "We will also host a Superbowl Party the next day."
He said that the opportunity came at a time to help people and families of all ages and backgrounds and expand club membership. "Boys & Girls Clubs are recognized not only for impacting the lives of the youth they serve, but also for instilling in our youth a sense of civic responsibility," Wooten explained.
Other ideas that the club director has implemented concern the Torch Club for ages 11-13, which involve youth interested in performing community service like picking up trash and cleaning areas in the community.
The B&G House, located at the Crockett Bulldog Stadium, give members a place to watch home football games, while many outings during the summer and school year offer new experiences for the youth of the community.
Boys and girls also participated in a candlelight vigil to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
In addition, Wooten reminds the public to be aware of Boys & Girl Club Day on March 2, dedicated by Mayor Wayne Mask in a proclamation in 2000. He promised that more news would be forthcoming for the event.
Wooten encourages families to take advantage of the opportunities the B&G Club offers: providing a safe place for children to go after school when parents are at work. Parents don't even have to pick up their children after school; a bus picks up members from Crockett schools and takes them directly to the club.
Boys & Girls Club of Crockett is open 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Membership dues cost only $20 a school year. Youth 12 and older have a chance to get in free through scholarships.
It's not too early to be thinking about summertime membership, which costs $35.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Crockett is one of more than 4,300 clubs nationwide committed to helping kids be great (www.BE-GREAT.org) through good citizenship and community service, academic success, and healthy lifestyles.