The Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club comes from humble beginnings, founded under a shade tree in 1960 by two neighborhood baseball coaches, Martin Luther Mathews and the late Hubert “Dickey” Ballentine. From a small storefront of 30 boys, the Club has grown to serve more than 20,000 young men and women, ages 5-18, in a 50-mile radius throughout the St. Louis-metropolitan area. The Club also acts as a meeting hub for various community, social and business organizations and as an outreach resource center for youth from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds.

The Need

The Club is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) United Way member agency and relies on the generosity of individuals just like you to fund a wholesome array of cultural, educational and sports programs for young people. As the needs of our community continue to grow, so does the financial resources required to support and sustain our programs well into the future. You can make a difference.

Our Focus

Initially, the Club was designed to provide structured recreational activities to neighborhood youths. Today, the Club’s goals are more focused and comprehensive and are aimed at:

  • Emphasizing the three Rs (Respect, Restraint and Responsibility) through athletic competition and team-building.
  • Building self-esteem, while allowing for personal growth, emphasizing the importance of becoming literate and educated citizens.
  • Addressing problems stemming from teen idleness.
  • Instilling the desire to lead productive lives and to become positive contributors and future leaders in the community.
    Teaching moral, personal, social, cultural development and health & wellness practices.

Focusing on scholar-athletics, we have a new initiative, where you can Adopt or Mentor a Mathews-Dickey team!



The Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club mission is to produce physically active, well-educated and hopeful youth with families at the center of our efforts.

How to Give

Individuals and organizations can support specific programs, sponsor particular events, purchase advertisement space in our special event brochures, purchase tables at annual concert and several other ways. If your preference is not listed yet you desire to commit to the advancement of youth and families in St. Louis, please contact us for a personalized giving plan.

If you’d like to contribute on a regular basis instead of one time event attendance and sponsorships, please review our  Ways To Give page for more ideas.

We appreciate your desire to give as well as your contribution!

What to Give


Real Estate Gifts

Charitable Gift Annuities

Charitable Remainder Trusts

and many more ways

Visit our Ways To Give page for more details

Giving FAQ

Click here for frequently asked questions such as:

Q. Where does my money go?
A. Your giving to the Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club goes directly to the support of one of our many wholesome and comprehensive program: Cultural & Health Awareness, Educational Enrichment & Leadership, Sports and Summer Day Camp as describe in Section 1.0.

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Gift Amount

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