News and Past Events

10/11/17  Rodney Barnes came to visit our Bates Clubhouse
Hollywood producer, Rodney Barnes, visited The Boys and Girls Clubs of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County! He inspired our youth that they can do anything they want if they BELIEVE! He signed autographs and handed out comic books to everyone.
7/17/17- Meet Our Movement’s Back2School Partners! 
Check out the many partners supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Clubs across the country this back-to-school season! Visit each partner's page on to learn more. 
6/28/17 -Events DC Joins Forces with the Boys & Girls Club to Host First-Ever Youth E-sports League Championship 
In a Battle of the E-Sports Beltway, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington traveled to our Admiral Oaks Clubhouse! The clubs squared off in Madden '17 and NBA 2K17 events. Thank you EventsDC for your support!
3/05/17 - BGCAA Teens Among 2,500 Leaders at 50th Annual National Keystone Conference
Four Keystone Club Members and their advisor were among 2,500 Teen Leaders who descended on Chicago to participate in the 50th Annual National Keystone Conference.
3/06/17 - Church Paints Meade Village Club- The Capital
Epiphany Episcopal Church paints Boys & Girls Club at Meade Village clubhouse
11/30/16 - Freetown Village Choir Rooted in Hope - The Capital
The Freetown Village Children's choir is rooted in positivity, hope. 
9/7/16 - The New Teen Center Grand Opening  
The Teen Center, renamed "The CLUB", was renovated as the Eagle Scout Project of Jasper from Broadneck High School. As part of the Wiley H. Bates Clubhouse, The CLUB is a place where teens and tweens can have fun, be heard and find their path forward. 
6/13/16 - Senior Center Hosts Olympics - The Capital   
The Annapolis Senior Activity Center held an Olympics of its own, where seniors participated in the opening ceremony and kids won medals by competing in fun activities. 
6/13/16 -  STEM Coordinator's vision to become a reality   
STEM Coordinator, Alex Martin, envisions Media Making lesson/module concept which will become an official pathway through My.Future this winter. Congratulations Alex!
5/4/16 -  Revamp of the Admiral Oaks Teen Center
Rommel Companies donation goes to  ‘re-vamp’ the Admiral Oaks Teen Center. 
9/29/15 - Housing America Month
Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County at the Meade Village Branch helped celebrate Housing America Month by creating a miniature 3D "dream village". 
9/29/15 - BGCAA Performance at National YOY Celebration
BGCAA members performed in the Opening Ceremonies of the National YOY Celebration in Washington DC. 
9/22/15 - Boys & Girls Club Announces New CEO - The Capital
After four years working at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, Lisa Mondoro has been promoted to chief executive officer, the organization announced Monday.
8/31/15 - Fire victims continue a legacy from heaven - The Annapolis Times
The legacy of Sandra and Don Pyle ,and their grandchildren who perished in a house fire, lives on. An $11,250 donation was presented to BGCAA to help youth in all six BGCAA Clubhouses. 
8/24/15 -  Looking Forward to College - The Capital
Youth of the Year Winner, 2013 & 2015, buckles down for college. 
8/10/15 -  Back to School Event Offers Free Backpacks, Pony Rides, Snow Cones for Children - The Capital
Moon's Barbershop and BGCAA partner to help county youth get ready for back to school with free backpacks, school supplies and a lot of fun! 
7/22/15 -  The Legacy of the Pyle Family
Representatives from The Don and Sandy Pyle Charity Foundation presented BGCAA, with a donation of $11,250 to support the work of the local Boys & Girls Clubs. The Foundation was established on behalf of Don, Sandy and their four cherished grandchildren who tragically lost their lives in the Annapolis Mansion Fire this past January. V
7/26/15 -  Miss DC Visits Annapolis Boys & Girls Club
Keia Brown, Miss District of Columbia International 2015, was the guest speaker for BGCAA's SMART Girls Luncheon on May 30th. 
7/10 - 7/17/15 -  Gap has our back(packs)
Visit any Gap Store or Factory Store through 7/17 and donate $ or a backpack to save $10 off your purchase and help youth be ready for back-to-school season. A portion of all donations, along with all clothing and backpack donations made at  the Arundel Mills GAP and the Annapolis Mall GAP, will help youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County. 
6/27/15 - NFL Veteran Gives Back to Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis  -  The Capital
NFL Veteran Usama Young and "Believe in U" volunteers visited the Boys & Girls Clubs on Friday, June 25th, to donate their time for a community service project to show others just how important it is to make an impact on their community and learn the importance of giving back.
11/30/16 - Robotics Team Wins Judges Award  
Wiley H. Bates Clubhouse's "King Squad" takes on the challenge of pollution in the ocean and wins Judges Award at First Lego League competition. 
6/13/16 - Senior Center Hosts Olympics - The Capital   
The Annapolis Senior Activity Center held an Olympics of its own, where seniors participated in the opening ceremony and kids won medals by competing in fun activities. 
6/16/15 -Freetown Village Club Director is Heart of the Community  -  The Capital
Angela White has been director of the Freetown VIllage Boys & Girls Club for the past eight years. Giving back to the public housing community she grew up in is her full-time job. "Never let where you come from define who you are," she tells the children.  
5/25/15 - It's Graduation Season: Members of Class of '15 Talk About Future -  The Capital
High school graduations — many, many high school graduations — are being staged. And while The Capital can't introduce you to everyone in the Class of 2015, they did catch up with four notable area graduates including two from our Junior Staff Career Development Program.
5/18/15 Blue Angels visit Bates Boys & Girls Club in Annapolis - The Capital
Lt. Greg Bollinger, a Blue Angels supply officer, and Jennifer Lebron, a Blue Angels spokeswoman, spoke to about 70 children at the Bates Boys & Girls Club in Annapolis before the team's practice in Annapolis. 
5/1/15 Desmond Beggarly Named State Youth of the Year  
Desmond will next compete in the regional event for a chance to win a $10,000 college scholarship. The five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2015, to compete for the title of Boys & Girls Clubs of America's National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship and will have the opportunity to meet the President of the United States. The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. The program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire. Desmond will receive a $5,000 college scholarship in addition to the $1,000 scholarship he received from BGCAA. 
Photo courtesy of: Jonathan Correa
4/25/15 Glen Burnie High Student Named Youth of the Year for Second Time - The Capital
For the first time in 26 years, there's a repeat winner of the Ed Casey Youth of the Year Award.
Desmond Beggarly won the award Thursday night at a dinner for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County. The 18-year-old also won the honor in 2013 and went on to capture the 2013 Maryland Youth of the Year prize.
3/26/15 BGCAA's Smart Drive Program
Thanks to grant funding from The Allstate Foundation, our Freetown Village Club teens were able to participate in an 8-week program focusing on the importance of practicing safe driving. With the help of our friends at FILMSTERS this teen safe driving PSA is ready in time for prom season. 
Be safe out there. 
Meet the teens competing for the Youth of the Year title. 
Children who attend the Boys & Girls Club at Wiley H. Bates Heritage Park in Annapolis got funky for National Boys & Girls Club Week when professional dance company, b.Funk came to show its support of the club by giving children a show.

The power of a shared purpose was the highlight of the December issue of Convention South magazine. The article featured BGCAA Club Members who served as referees at a corporate team building event designed by Destination Paradise.   Read the article here

12/5/14 Teen of the Week 
Annapolis teen is a positive people person with a quick smile. Former Junior Staff Member, Ryan Williams, is named "Teen of the Week" by The Capital newspaper. Read the article here. 

10/24/14 Schools Providing FREE Microsoft Office Products to All Students
As a participant in Microsoft’s Student Advantage program, Anne Arundel County Public Schools is now offering every student Office ProPlus (a full version of the Microsoft Office suite) for use on their own personal devices at no cost. To learn more and enroll please click here or contact the school directly. 

9/10/14 Naval Academy swept up in USA Women's Basketball fever

The USA Women’s Basketball Team’s players and coaches, along with the U.S. Naval Academy Women’s Team, hosted a basketball clinic at the Boys & Girls Club at Bates in Annapolis on September 9th. More than 100 Club Members between the ages of 6 and 18 years old participated in this free event. The clinic was part of the Sept 8 – 10 USA Basketball Women’s National Team training at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis in preparation for the 2014 FIBA World Championship taking place later this year in Turkey.

9/5/14 Club Director Awarded Prestigious Robert W. Woodruff Fellowship Award
Franchaze Waters, Club Director at the Boys & Girls Club at Bates, is one of four persons nationally selected as a Woodruff Fellow. The Robert W. Woodruff Fellowship Program is a highly competitive program established in 1975 for the purpose of cultivating long-term leaders. The fellowship supports professional growth and development for Boys and Girls Club staff that have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to youth development. The Fellowship will allow Franchaze to pursue a Master's of Arts degree in Executive Leadership through Liberty University’s online program and be an even greater asset to the children of Anne Arundel County. The fellowship has served as a springboard to support efforts in fostering professional growth and development within the Movement. Congratulations Franchaze! 

8/21/14 BGCAA Offers a Safe Haven After School - Bay Weekly
Local kids were a small part of Boys and Girls Club of America’s larger movement to raise awareness about the club mission and kick off the Great Futures Campaign for America’s Kids this summer . The after-school organization works “to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens,” said Denasia, an eight-year-old chosen to recite the mission. On campaign kick-off day, clubs around the country went out into their communities. Google, Facebook and other social media helped the cause by punctuating their users’ activities with messages about Boys and Girls Clubs.
   Read the article here. 

6/4/14 Baseball Field Opens - The Capital Newspaper

A state-of-the-art youth baseball field opened at the Wiley H. Bates Heritage Park near the city’s Boys & Girls Club. The $1.3 million complex is the culmination of a three-year effort to bring a new athletic field to the city.The Bates park includes a baseball diamond with a dugout; a field for football, lacrosse and field hockey; a roofed outdoor basketball court; a concession stand; and a boardwalk.Ripken said the Annapolis field, as well as the foundation’s 22 other fields across the country, honors his father. Read the entire article here

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