About Us

About Us

A Brief History of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Lee County

Since 1990, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Lee County (BGCLEECO) has been in the forefront of youth development, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances. Our clubs seek to enrich the lives of girls and boys in ways that other agencies are unable to. 

In 1989, Mrs. Jane C. Walker spearheaded the effort to create a local Boys & Girls Club organization. Joining Mrs. Walker in mobilizing community citizens to establish a prevention program for youth in Lee County were Joan Blackmon, a Social Worker with Auburn Housing Authority, Frances Capps-Palmer, a Counselor with Opelika City Schools and her husband Tommy Palmer, a Boys Club Alumnus from Jacksonville, Florida. As a result of their vision, in June 1990, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Lee County was chartered by Boys & Girls Clubs of America, opening Club units in Auburn and Opelika. The Opelika Unit was housed in the old Darden High School building and the Auburn Unit was housed in the Boykin Community Center.

The first Founders’ Club Breakfast chaired by Cal James was held at Diversified Products Corporation raising $60,000 to support the Boys & Girls Clubs. Boys & Girls Clubs of America appropriated a $30,000 grant for the establishment of the local Clubs. Under the leadership of Charles Potter, Executive Director and Selena Daniel, Housing Manager of Opelika Housing Authority, a HUD grant was secured to build a new Club facility in Opelika. The Club was named the “Potter-Daniel Unit” in honor of Mr. Potter & Mrs. Daniel.

In 1991 the Clubs served 400 youth and by 1999 that number had grown to 1,400. Over the years, more than 6,000 youth have been served in two Club units, schools, and outreach programs.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Lee County has been recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Alabama Area Council with Honor Awards for Program Excellence in the areas of Education & Career Development, Character & Leadership Development and the Arts.

Mrs. Walker served as the first President of the Board of Directors for the organization. It is because of her vision for the youth of our community that the lives of thousands of young people have been impacted by our Clubs.

Other Board Chairpersons include: Tommy Palmer, Brett Beebe, Jerome Vascacu, Larry Sankey, Carolyn Ellis, Doug Barto, Jud Miller,  Ron Anders, Merry Burt, Clifford Jones and Cristen Herring

BGCLEECO is dedicated to ensuring that our community’s young people, who are most in need of our help, have greater access to quality programs and services that provide hope and opportunities to ensure that they may become productive adults.

Our Mission

To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Our Vision

"To provide a world-class club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle."

Who Are We?

Great Futures Start Here
For more than 25 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Lee County has delivered on our promise to provide area youth, especially those who need us most, with the support needed to reach their full potential. In order to have the greatest impact on the lives of children, we operate two Clubs in Lee County purposefully located in areas of high need. Currently, we serve over 550 children and teens annually and nearly 200 each day, many of whom are minorities, economically disadvantaged and live in single-parent households.

BGCLEECO has a proven and effective approach: provide youth with a positive, accessible place to go; surround them with trained and supportive staff; and offer results-oriented programs that are educational, recreational and age-appropriate.

Our Core Beliefs

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Lee County is:
  • A safe and fun environment for kids to learn and grow
  • Staffed with caring, adult professionals who develop ongoing relationships with members 
  • Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences 
  • Hope and opportunity 

Our Core Promise

To Our Youth
To provide a safe, positive place and have a significant impact on their lives.
To the Community
To uphold high ethical standards in all areas, especially in overseeing our finances, reporting data on membership and community outreach, being good stewards of the donor dollar and representing ourselves to the public.


Community Impact - 2015 Performance Data

  • 359 Club Members participated Power Hour & received Homework Help
  • 166 Club Members received individualized Tutoring
  • 53 Teens Participated in Goals for Graduation & Career Launch programs
  • 85% of Club members progressed to the next grade level on time
  • 100% of High School Seniors Graduated
  • 75% of Teen Club Members Volunteered in their communities
  •  67% of Club members participated in 60 minutes of physical activity 5 or more days per week
  • Daily, on Average 236 kids enjoy a safe and positive place to be from 2:30-6:30 pm, the time proven to be the most dangerous time of day for kids.
  • 253 kids participated daily in Summer Camp activities.
  • 31,140 Meals & Snacks were served to Club members while attending Club programming
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