History

Great futures start everyday at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry. The organization operates six (6) clubs in Beaufort and Jasper Counties. The three clubs in the Beaufort area are the Bridges Club, the Shanklin Club and the Sheldon Club. In southern Beaufort County, club members attend the Bluffton Club and the Hilton Head Island Club. Jasper's Club is located in Ridgeland in the former Jasper County High School. Over 2,200 members ages 6-18 years old belong to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry with over 600 attending on a daily basis.
 
The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry, and in every corner of the United States, is "to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens."

Together with our neighbors, business partners, United Way and other foundations and grants, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry operates a nearly $3 million dollar annual budget to invest in the futures of our community's children.

 History

History of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry

1986 Boys Clubs of America grants an operating charter in August 1986 and a Club opens in a city-owned facility in Beaufort. Shortly thereafter a second site at Beaufort Elementary School opens to serve youth ages 6-12 while the first site serves teens.

1990 A Club is established in the Sandalwood Terrace public housing complex on Hilton Head Island.

1992 The Beaufort Housing Authority donates a complete apartment so the Hilton head Island Club could expand.<

1993 Construction begins on the long awaited 25,000 square foot building that will house the Beaufort Club.

1994 The new Beaufort Club opens its doors to more than 500 youth.

1995 Thanks to the VanLandingham Rotary Club land is purchased near the Hilton Head Island schools.

1996 Board member and tennis great Stan Smith launch a capital campaign to build, equip and endow a 28,000 square foot facility off of Gumtree Road on Hilton Head Island.

1997 The Bluffton Club opens at MC Riley Elementary School.

1997 Ground is broken for the new Hilton Head Club with more than $5.8 million pledged to the capital campaign.

1999 The new Hilton Head Island Club is dedicated on September 30, 1999 and named the Batten Family Boys & Girls Club in honor of the generosity of former chairman and CEO of the J.C. Penny Company William Batten and his wife Kathryn.

2001 A new Club opens at Ridgeland Elementary School in Jasper County.

2003 The Bluffton Club board of directors launches a capital campaign to build a 20,000 square foot building in Bluffton.

2004 The Sheldon Club opens in a former County building on Agnes Major Road in Sheldon.

2005 The new Bluffton Boys & Girls Club opens its doors in June.

2008 The Jasper Club moves into two wings of the former Jasper County High School.

2013 The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry partners with Bridges Preparatory School who leases the Beautfort Club to create a K-6 school with the B&G club staff providing before and after school programs.

2014 The Beaufort Club is sold to Bridges Preparatory School and B&G club staff continue to provide before and after school programs to the students of Bridges. Preparatory School. B&G club staff will begin to offer after school programs at Shanklin Elementary School.
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