Last week, San Diego youth and community leaders celebrated the renovation of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego William J. Oakes Branch in Logan Heights.
Funded by the San Diego Padres, McCarthy Builders and U.S. Bank, the first phase of the makeover includes an upgraded gymnasium with a new scoreboard and speakers, a transformed learning center into a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Lab, improved exterior landscaping and enhanced play spaces.
Recognized as the first Boys & Girls Club in San Diego County, the William J. Oakes Branch has provided a safe and nurturing environment since 1942, currently serving over 2,000 youth each year.
At the grand opening of the renovated clubhouse, San Diego Padres star third baseman Manny Machado stopped by to hang out with club members and check out their new digs.
The Padres selected the club as part of their 50th anniversary initiative to thank San Diego by partnering with others to invest $1 million in projects that will have a lasting, positive impact in the community.
U.S. Bank contributed a $50,000 grant through its new $1 million Market Impact Fund. Each year as part of the bank’s broader Community Possible social responsibility platform, the fund will make 20 grants to organizations across the country focused on creating and improving recreational spaces, developing affordable housing, promoting workforce development and supporting the arts.
U.S. Bank San Diego Market President Manuel Rodriguez (pictured second from the right above) said, “Establishing this new fund allows us to further focus our efforts on supporting those organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego, which are working to close historical economic gaps in the areas of greatest need. Our communities are stronger when people have jobs, stable housing and when their communities are connected through the arts, recreation and play.”
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego CEO and President Danny Sherlock said, “We’re just getting started. Because of our partners and other caring leaders, we can continue building greater futures and opportunities for San Diego youth. This is an amazing accomplishment for everyone involved and for generations to come.”