Orlando, Fla. – Crossman & Company President John Crossman has witnessed first-hand how the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida has helped inspire hope and create opportunity for at-risk children in four counties at over 30 clubs.
“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida provide a safe environment to grow and learn for over 14,000 children every year. Exceptional youth development programs meet diverse needs to help children realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens,” noted Crossman, a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida board of directors.
In 1944, the “Orlando Boys’ Club” opened its doors. By the end of the 1950s, it had become an official branch of Boys Clubs of America and had over 500 members. In 1988, to better reflect a growing mission, they changed the name to Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida.
“The depth of what has been accomplished over seven decades is very impressive. There is much more to be done as the clubs effectively adapt to meet the significant needs of a growing number of Central Florida at-rick youth that can benefit from the programs and outreach,” noted Crossman.
On-going programs include character and leadership development, health and life skills, education and career development, a popular visual art, crafts, performing arts and creative writing program and strengthening mind and body through sports, fitness and recreation.
“Serving four counties, the width Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida’s outreach matches the enormous scope of the programs and activities it offers,” said Crossman, president of one of the Southeast’s largest retail leasing, property management and investment sales firms.
Orange County branches include Apopka, Downtown Orlando with the Coalition for the Homeless Campus, the Joe R. Lee Branch in Eatonville, Jackson Center, the Taft Branch with the Sphaler Activity Center, Universal Orlando Foundation Branch, Walt Disney World Clubhouse and the West Orange Recreation Center Branch in Winter Garden. In addition to programs in 14 middle schools.
Osceola County locations include Tupperware Brands Branch, the Buenaventura Lakes Branch with the Robert Guevara Community Center and Poinciana Teen Center all in Kissimmee.
Seminole County has the East Altamonte Branch, the Lillie H. Green Community Center in Altamonte Springs and West Sanford Branch Westside Community Center in Sanford. Brevard County locations include Cocoa Branch, Mims Branch, Temple Terrace Branch in Melbourne.
In addition to John’s role on the board, Crossman & Company Market Analyst Gena Filion also serves on the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida’s marketing committee.
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About Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida
Since 1944, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida has provided at-risk children from the local community, between the ages of 6 and 18, with a safe place to learn and grow. Our membership totals nearly 14,000 young people at 30 Clubs and middle school sites in Brevard, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Learn more at 407.841.6855, www.bgccf.org, facebook.com/bgccf or twitter.com/bgccf.
About Crossman & Company
Crossman & Company is the premier real estate firm focused on serving retail landlords exclusively throughout the Southeast – with offices in Atlanta, Boca Raton, Tampa, Miami and Orlando – representing more than 374 shopping centers and 28 million square feet in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia, Mississippi and North Carolina. The company was founded in 1990 with the goal of providing exemplary service to our clients around four core values: Maintain enthusiastically satisfied clients; Demonstrate servant leadership; Practice kindness, openness and humility; and Develop new talent. For more information, visit www.crossmanco.com.