D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Help D.C. Youth Focus on Fitness

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$75,000 CareFirst Grant Funds D.C. Boys & Girls Club Fitness Initiatives

D.C. Council President Kwame Brown speaking to the children of the Boys & Girls Clubs and other guests.

Council Chairman Kwame Brown, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW) and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) celebrated the start of a new program to help D.C. youth live healthier through improved fitness and fun.

Chairman Brown shared his own words with the children at the event about the importance of being healthy and fit. Listen to the Kwame Brown's audio clip.

Leah Lamb, the Chief Development Officer for BGCGW, Jenny Wallace, Women’s Leadership Committee Member, and Paul Alagero, Director of Corporate Relations for BGCGW, spoke on the benefits of reaching children and helping them to become healthier.

View the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington video.

Lamb led the day’s activities. She spoke about the partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs and CareFirst. The youth at the event joined in for a “thank you.”

Listen to Leah Lamb's audio clip to hear her comments about the Boys & Girls Clubs' partnership with CareFirst.

CareFirst presented a $75,000 check for the adoption of the Richard England Club House 14 and its goal to enrich the lives of boys and girls in the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area. Since 2005, the BGCGW has received $223,500 in funding from CareFirst. Most notably is the BGCGW’s Adopt a Club campaign. CareFirst sponsors Clubhouse 14, in Ward 7.

Karen Dixon, AVP of Corporate Marketing Communications at CareFirst, spoke to the children during the presentation about CareFirst’s emphasis on health and wellness. Listen to Karen Dixon's audio clip to hear her remarks.

Approximately 858 youth ages 6 to18 from low-income families will have access to a broad range of programs and services administered by BGCGW professional staff specifically trained to deal with this demographic group.

For 125 years, BGCGW has been a leader in youth development, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social, and family circumstances, and helping them develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington

Founded in 1886, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW) has been serving youth in the area for more than 125 years. The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington is ‘to help boys and girls of all backgrounds, especially those who need us most, build confidence, develop character and acquire the skills needed to become productive, civic-minded, responsible adults.’ BGCGW is one of the largest affiliates of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, currently operating 21 sites over a 75-miles radius from Fredericksburg, Virginia to Germantown, Maryland. Over 21,000 members attend the Clubs for activities, sports, and encouragement. For more information, visit http://www.bgcgw.org/.

About CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

In its 74th year of service, CareFirst, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit health care company which, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to nearly 3.4 million individuals and groups in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. Through its CareFirst Commitment initiative and other public mission activities, CareFirst supports efforts to increase the accessibility, affordability, safety and quality of health care throughout its service areas. To learn more about CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, visit our Web site at http://www.carefirst.com or follow CareFirst news on Twitter: http://twitter.com/CareFirst_News.

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