SUNRISE, Fla. - As part of their continued commitment to improving the local community, the Florida Panthers Foundation Community Champions Grant Program, presented by Moss Construction and the Moss Foundation, awarded $50,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County on Saturday night.
"The awareness that we are getting for the Boys & Girls Club is great," said Boys & Girls Club of Broward County Vice President Matthew Organ. "The Panthers have given us a forum to let folks know of the good work that's being done out there and the partnerships being born in the community.
"There's a lot of people that are doing a lot of great work under the radar and out of the spotlight, but this gives us a great opportunity to show the area exactly what we're doing."
Since 1965, it has been the mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County to enable all local youths, especially those in need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.
According to Organ, the Panthers' large donation will provide valuable funding for the Boys & Girls Club's year-round Academic Success Programs designed to improve both grade level progression and high school graduation rates among underserved youth.
"Through the support of the Panthers and their foundation, we'll be zeroing in on academic success," Organ said. "We look at ourselves as an extension of the school day. A child cannot be successful if they can't read or do math at a certain grade level."
Programs in this core area include Youth Education Success, which combines homework assistance, a comprehensive reading and math software curriculum and mentoring from Broward County School Board Certified Teachers.
Annual events such as Career Day, SAT Prep and Construction Career Day also work to keep students engaged on a year-round basis while the club's summer M.O.S.T. Program helps to prevent summer learning loss among its members.
In short, the Boys & Girls Club believes that every child should have access to the necessary tools needed to graduate high school on time in order to become college or career-ready with the skills they need to succeed in today's globally competitive workforce.
With this latest donation, the Panthers hope to increase the size of that academic toolbox while also continuing to to work hand-in-hand with Boys & Girls Club to positively influence as many lives as possible.
"The ownership of the Panthers and business partners like myself are all about getting people involved," said Allegiance Crane President and CEO Jim Robertson, who has been a longtime supporter of the Panthers' community initiatives. "We're here to get integrated into the initiative and not just write a check.
"It's more than money. That's really what makes [the Panthers] a difference maker and this community not only now, but for many years to come."
If you know any organization that would be interested in applying for the grant this season, please visit https://www.nhl.com/panthers/community/grantapplication to learn more.