VP Joe Biden Visit to the Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club, 2009
The Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1960 by Martin L. Mathews and the late Hubert "Dickey" Ballentine. 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, Responsibility - through athletic competition and team-building in football, baseball, basketball, swimming, softball, cheerleading and other recreational activities;
- Building self-esteem, while allowing for personal growth, emphasizing the importance of becoming literate and educated citizens;
- Addressing problems stemming from teen idleness (such as substance abuse, gang violence, teen pregnancy and illiteracy);
- Instilling the desire to lead productive lives and to become positive contributors and future leaders in the community;
- Teaching moral, personal, social and cultural development and practices.
Today, the Club serves more than 40,000 young men and women, ages 5-18, throughout the St. Louis-metropolitan area. The Club also serves as a meeting center for various community, social and business organizations and as an outreach resource center for troubled youth.
The Club is a non-profit, 501 (c)3 United Way member agency.
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Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) United Way member agency that annually provides educational, athletic and cultural enrichment programs to more than 40,000 young people from throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. For 52 years the Club has taught youth respect, restraint and responsibility so that they may obtain credibility, integrity and accountability. For more information, call Barbara A. Washington or Bill Fronczak at (314) 382-5952, ext. 234.