Countybank Foundation Donates $25,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lakelands Region

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. Pictured (left to right) are Chris Brown, Boys & Girls Clubs Board member; Richard Thomason, Vice President and Mortgage Consultant at Countybank Mortgage as well as Boys & Girls Clubs Board member; David Tompkins, Senior Vice President and Greenwood Market Executive at Countybank; Sabrina Miller, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lakelands Region; Sandra Norman, Josh Norman’s mother; Wells Dunlap, Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager at Countybank; and Frank Wideman, Boys & Girls Clubs Board member.

Countybank and Greenwood Capital recently donated $25,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lakelands Region. The donation will go toward a capital campaign to support the renovation of a building on the old Brewer Middle School campus in Greenwood. The 12,000-square-foot Josh Norman STARZ24 Teen Center will serve up to 1,000 middle and high school students between the ages of 13 - 18 annually.

David Tompkins, Senior Vice President and Greenwood Market Executive at Countybank; Wells Dunlap, Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager at Countybank; and Richard Thomason, Vice President and Mortgage Consultant at Countybank Mortgage as well as Board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs; presented the check on behalf of the Countybank Foundation to Sabrina Miller, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lakelands Region, during an exclusive preview of the Teen Center.

“It’s exciting to see how this building has been transformed into something that will have a significant long-term impact on local youth,” said Tompkins. “Countybank and Greenwood Capital are honored to support this project and invest in the future of our youth and the Greenwood community.”

The Boys & Girls Club is a new organization in Greenwood that provides afterschool services to youth ages 5-18, and was jumpstarted when NFL player and Greenwood native Josh Norman made a large donation to begin renovations to create a space for local teens. The Teen Center will include a multipurpose room, art studio, classroom for study, café and study lounge area, video game room, traditional game room, music and recording studio, offices, showers and a laundry room.

“Our Teen Center programs are designed to keep teenagers on the right path by imparting valuable social and life skills,” said Miller. “Ultimately our goal is for the Boys & Girls Clubs to serve as a stepping stone for young adults to graduate on time and transition into college through programs like The Greenwood Promise, or be prepared to enter the workforce or the military. With Countybank and Greenwood Capital’s help, our Teen Center will open in early 2021.”

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lakelands Region is to inspire and enable young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.

To learn more about the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakelands Region, visit lakelands.begreat.club.