By Jacob Mathias
In recognition of their contribution to the Portage County Boys and Girls Club, the gymnasium of their new facility will be named in honor of local philanthropists John and Patricia Noel.
The Stevens Point Board of Parks Commissioners voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve naming the gymnasium after the Noels.
“I’m sure you can all appreciate everything they’ve done for the community, in particular this project. They’ve been supportive of just about anything you can think of,” said Kevin Quevillon, executive director of the BGC.
The Noel’s contribution toward the BGC’s Building Great Futures capital campaign will be used for new bath facilities, updated HVAC, ceiling repairs, interior improvements and additional programming opportunities for the gymnasium space.
“They are our founding board members who, along with our first board of directors, created our Boys & Girls Club in Portage County,” said Quevillon. “It was their vision to have an after school program in which kids learn, have fun, and are in a safe environment after school and during the summer months.”
The manner and wording of the dedication is still in planning stages according to Quevillon.
The capital campaign is still underway and seeks to raise at least another $200,000 to meet their fundraising goal of $4.2 million.
The BGC broke ground on a new facility in conjunction with the existing Stevens Point Parks and Recreation Building in April and plans to be moved in sometime in November.
The plans for a new facility were approved in November.
In November, Quevillon said the club’s current teen center, located downtown, is too small and only able to accommodate about 20 teenagers each day during its after school activities. He said a move to the new location would increase the club’s capacity to at least 100 area youth and allow for better accessibility to pedestrians and bus lines.
The teen center currently serves boys and girls in grades 7-12 during non-school weekdays, after school and during the summer months, while younger students currently participate Boys and Girls Club activities at area elementary schools or the club’s Plover location. The new center will serve students of all ages, but will have dedicated space for teenagers.
To learn more about the new BGC location and capital campaign, visit their website here.