Boys & Girls Club Breaks Ground On New Facility

A big boost to the Boys and Girls Clubs of East Texas. A new facility for them is closer to becoming a reality. Thursday, groundbreaking was held at the new location in North Tyler. Some of the kids joined board members and community leaders for the groundbreaking. Once it's finished, the new facility will offer some state of the art improvements.

"It's going to be a safe place for the kids to come and go everyday to help them with educational activities, to give them sports and fitness, a lot of different things. If you want to invest in the future, you invest in your kids and I think that's what we are doing today is that we are investing in a group of kid, a group of Tyler kids," says Robbie Slocumb, Executive Director of Boys & Girls Club of East Texas.

"Right now, we only have half court and now we're going to have full court and like the computer lab that's going to be way better," says Justin Anderson, Boys & Girls Club Member.

"I'm really excited that they are going to have a bigger building because I know this building doesn't have enough space for everybody that comes here," says Angel Jimenez, Boys & Girls Club Member.

The organization still need an additional $200,000 to complete the campaign. But they say they expect to have everything finished by January of next year.

Karolyn Davis, reporting.