Braced by $10,000 in “Triple Play” grant funding from the philanthropic Virginia-based Amerigroup Foundation, Florida’s Boys & Girls Clubs can start the school year effectively throughout the Sunshine State, the organization announced recently from Tallahassee.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) branches strive to positively influence children and teens in the areas of health and well-being nationwide, and the grant will help it attain goals in the area of after-school care.
Locally, clubs in Miami-Dade (Northwest Unit) and Tampa Bay (Freddie Solomon Boys & Girls Club at Nuccio Park) will obtain funding to promote healthy eating habits and physical activities for Boys & Girls Club patrons.
"After-school hours are a critical time for the health and wellness of our nation's kids and teens," Lourdes Rivas, Medicaid plan president for Amerigroup Florida and Simply Healthcare Plans, said. "With Florida youth back to school, we are committed to helping fill their open afternoons and weekends with constructive games and fun activities that will help build lifelong healthy habits."
BGCA’s national vice president for programs, training and youth development, Dr. Jennifer Bateman, emphasized the enormous benefits of the grant program on area youngsters.
"The new grants in Florida will create a healthy environment where our youth can thrive, and the funds will have a lasting impact on the kids and teens served by these Clubs," Bateman said.
The latest Triple Play contributions are part of an overall five-year, $10 million commitment from Amerigroup’s parent company, Anthem Inc. “Triple Play” refers to “a game plan for the mind, body and soul,” corresponding to healthy eating, physical fitness and healthy relationships.
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