Our Mission & Story

For 85 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hancock County have worked to change and save lives.

Imagine a place where who you are, where you’re from or the circumstances that surround you don’t determine your access to experiences or opportunities. Through your support, the Boys & Girls Club of Hancock County is making that vision a reality – in our community and communities around the world.

97% of Club teens expect to graduate from High School and 88% expect to complete some kind of post-secondary education.

According to BGCA youth outcome data.

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 enters 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.

Our Guiding Principles

Boys & Girls Clubs put young people first. We prioritize their safety and elevate their voices in relentless pursuit of our mission in every Club, every day. Our impact is amplified when we work together as a unified Movement, guided by these shared values and principles:

  • Excellence: We are the leaders in youth development. We take a professional approach to our work, setting high standards and investing in the success of our people.
  • Belonging: We create diverse, inclusive environments where every young person, caregiver, staff member, board member and volunteer is valued, respected and has a voice.
  • Continuous Improvement: We have a relentless focus on progress. We make data-informed decisions and embrace learning and innovation to increase our impact.
  • Accountability: We act in ways that advance the impact and reputation of the entire Boys & Girls Club Movement.
  • Collective Impact: We collaborate eagerly for the collective good. We help each other get better.

Our Commitment to Inclusion

We believe every kid has what it takes. The mission and core beliefs of Boys & Girls Clubs fuel our commitment to promoting safe, positive and inclusive environments for all. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hancock County supports all youth and teens – of every race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, ability, socio-economic status, and religion – in reaching their full potential.

Our Great Past

The Boys & Girls Club of Hancock County was formed on May 27, 1938 and located at the Old Riley School. Through partnership between Father Spaulding of St. Michael Catholic Church and Reverend Fred Hill from Bradley United Methodist Church, the club was founded to provide supervised recreation for the boys of Greenfield and Center Township.

On March 11, 1940, the club moved to the Old Lincoln School, which was on South Pennsylvania Street (pictured above). The club offered baseball, basketball, and football teams. It also had facilities for boxing and track, in addition to shop activities.

In 1942, an emergency bicycle messenger corps had been organized by the club with 70 boys total participating. They delivered messages at the request of the Civil Defense Director.

On September 21, 1952, dedication ceremonies were held for the buildings current location at 715 E. Lincoln. In the same year, the club won the Boys’ Club Baseball championship in Columbus, Indiana.

In 1954, a gymnasium, later dedicated to honor Joe Fisk, and commonly referred to today as the “Blue Gym” was added to the facility.

In 1964, the club became a member of United Way. It was also the first year for intramural basketball and baseball. During the year, the first club endowment was also started.

In 1969, Jim Andrews became the Executive Director of the club until 1988. Today, the Greenfield location is named after Mr. Andrews and called the Jim Andrews Unit.

In 1972, the summer girls basketball program began. Cindy Adams was the first girl member of the club.

In 1981, the name of the club changed to the Boys & Girls Club of Hancock County.

In 1993, the club was expanded to its current footprint with the addition of an additional gymnasium housing the “Ron Horning Court” named after former Executive Director Ron Horning.

Through it all, kids have been our #1 priority.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hancock County provides a safe haven for more than a thousand youth, giving them an opportunity to discover their great futures. But hundreds of kids are still in need, and we can’t close the opportunity gap alone. You can make a life-changing difference today!

Help put another kid on the path to a great future.

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