Friday, June 27, 2014

#111: Mathews-Dickey Boy's & Girl's Club

  • Founded in 1960, the Mathews-Dickey Boy's & Girl's Club is a non-profit organization that was started by baseball coaches Martin L. Mathews and the late Hubert 'Dickey' Ballantine. Mathews continues to serve as the club's president and CEO.
  • The club currently serves over 40,000 young males and females (ages 7-18) from the St. Louis area.
  • It serves as a meeting center for different outside organizations and as an outreach center for troubled youths.
  • Provides several activities for city youths, including baseball, football, cheerleading, among many others.
  • The club's mission is to promote personal strength and confidence and to build self-esteem for those who have had major personal issues and problems.
  • While the organization has a paid staff, it is also the many volunteers that help make things happen
  • It has been nationally recognized by Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, as well as Vice-Presidents Dan Quayle and Joe Biden. 
  • When NBC's The Today Show spent a week in St. Louis (in 1994), Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel shed some spotlight on the club for its diversity.

A close look at the sign
Outside look of the building

The Jack Buck footprints Walk of Fame located outside the entrance

Sign that is located in the front yard off the highway. Yes, the 'S' in Girls is missing as is part of the 'W' and 'I'
The Jack Buck footprints Walk of Fame spotlights the organization's sponsors, including Ameren, as well as various foundations.

Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girl's Club on FB
Official website

4245 N. Kingshighway Boulevard, ST. LOUIS, MO, 63115
Cake artist: Dail Chambers  (also decorated the Katherine Dunham Museum cake)

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