Beasley to help raise funds for new Boys & Girls Club in Adairsville

The prop­erty is graded but no date is set for break­ing ground.

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By Doug Walker

At­lanta Fal­con line­backer and for­mer Adairsville High multi-sport star Vic Beasley Jr. will serve as the co-chair for phase two of a ma­jor cap­i­tal cam­paign for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bar­tow County.

A large share of the funds raised dur­ing the cam­paign are des­ig­nated for a new fa­cil­ity in Adairsville.

Beasley is be­ing joined as co-chair­man of the fundrais­ing cam­paign by United Com­mu­nity Bank ex­ec­u­tive Gary Floyd.

“Those of you who have been to our ex­ist­ing build­ing know that the need is great,” said Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Gor­don Gil­ley dur­ing a meet­ing with Adairsville busi­ness lead­ers Thurs­day. “The good news is that we haven’t stopped serv­ing kids. The great news is that soon we’re about to build a build­ing that this com­mu­nity and our mem­bers can be proud of.”

The new club will be lo­cated on North Main Street, a block away from the Pub­lic Square in down­town Adairsville and less than two blocks from the new Adairsville Ele­men­tary School.

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Fundrais­ing has taken a lit­tle longer than an­tic­i­pated, Gil­ley said, and that city of­fi­cials in Adairsville are seek­ing an extension of the time to use the CDBG funds for the project.

The 2.18-acre site was ac­quired by the city of Adairsville for $199,000.

“A club is not nec­es­sar­ily about the build­ing but with this build­ing (the new one) it af­fords us so many more op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Floyd said. “The in-kind con­tri­bu­tions that have al­ready been made ex­ceed $100,000 but we’ve got to have about an­other $100,000.”

Plans call for con­struc­tion of a club build­ing, multi-pur­pose ath­letic fields and ul­ti­mately a gym­na­sium. The Adairsville club, cur­rently housed in a small, old Ge­or­gia Power main­te­nance build­ing, serves an av­er­age of about 85 kids a day and the new build­ing will al­low them to ex­pand the scope of their ser­vices, Gil­ley said.

Plans for the club­house are still be­ing tweaked with the gen­eral con­trac­tor, Ace Con­struc­tion of Tay­lorsville, to try to rein in costs.

Gil­ley said the results of work done by the club are quan­tifi­able — 98 per­cent of the kids en­rolled in ei­ther the Adairsville or Cartersville lo­ca­tion go on to grad­u­ate from high school.

“These are kids that are mak­ing bet­ter de­ci­sions and stay­ing out of trou­ble,” Gil­ley said.

Gil­ley told the group at a Cham­ber of Com­merce break­fast that a main pur­pose of the or­ga­ni­za­tion is to make chil­dren pro­duc­tive mem­bers of the com­mu­nity when they grow up.

“It’s go­ing to be a cen­ter­piece of this com­mu­nity,” Gil­ley said.

An artist’s ren­der­ing of what the new Adairsville Boys & Girls Club build­ing will look like.

/ Doug Walker

Boys & Girls Clubs’ Gor­don Gil­ley tells busi­ness lead­ers the new fa­cil­ity will be one the com­mu­nity can be proud of.

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