Fort Walton Beach, FL.– Yesterday, Cox Communications and The James M. Cox Foundation awarded a grant to the Boys and Girls Club of Fort Walton Beach, to fund an upgrade to the club’s technology center located at 923 Denton Blvd, behind Choctaw High School. Cox and the Boys & Girls Club hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate these gifts of technology and the impact this program will have on Club youth.
The donation is part of a $150,000 grant Cox Communications and The James M. Cox Foundation provided to create and enhance seven Cox Technology Centers across the nation. The technology centers are the centerpiece of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Club Tech program, which provides students access to curriculum to advance their computer literacy skills. These technology centers also help bridge the digital divide for children who have no access to a computer or Internet connection at home.
“Cox is dedicated to the communities we serve and to providing youth access to technology and best practices for staying safe online,” said Cox’s Gulf Coast Market Vice President David Deliman. “The Boysand Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast play such a vital role in our communities. Throughout the school year and during the summer, these Clubs are safe and educational environments for our youth where they can spend time with other youth and with caring adults who enrich their lives and help build their character.”
Valued at $13,500, the FWB Boys & Girls Club Technology Center upgrade includes state-of-the-art computers, a 3D Printer suite and tablets for BGC’s youngest 1st and 2nd grade Club members. Through the Boys & Girls Club Tech suite of programs, kids learn the basics of business software, plus stay safe online and move on to advanced hardware and networking skills. In addition, Cox provides free high-speed Internet to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast and nationwide within the Cox footprint.
"Many of our Club members don't have the digital resources at home that many of us take for granted, but thanks to our partnership with Cox Communications, all of our Club members at the Fort Walton Beach Youth Center now have a state-of-the-art technology center to research, do their homework and take part in our computer literacy programs. The new computers and other Cox programs provide a means for Boys & Girls Clubs to close the technological achievement gap for many disadvantaged youth. We greatly value that partnership,” said Shervin Rassa, Chief Professional Officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of the EmeraldCoast.
“To be productive citizens in the 21st century, young people need digital access for professional andacademic success,” said Dr. Damon A. Williams, Senior Vice President, Program, Training and Youth Development Services at BGCA. “More than 75 percent of colleges take their applications online, andnearly all Fortune 500 companies post new jobs through their websites. No one should have to apply fora job on a smartphone.”
Cox is also working to bridge the digital divide through Connect2Compete, a program that offers discounted Internet service to families with children who qualify for government assistance. In addition to offering Essential Cox High Speed Internet service to eligible families for the significantly reduced fee, Cox includes free installation and modem rental.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast
Mission: To enable all young people, especially those that need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. Vision: Improving lives of all Emerald Coast youth as the premier youth development organization. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast serves youth ages 5 to 18 by providing guidance-oriented character development programs conducted by trained, youth development professionals. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast encompasses 8 Clubs and serves over 2,180 registered Club members and nearly 4,000 area youth across Escambia, Okaloosa, and Walton counties. For more information call 850- 862-1616 and visit us online at www.emeraldcoastbgc.org
About Cox Communications
Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and home security and automation services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable TV company, Cox serves approximately 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and new media advertising. Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in cable telephone and commercial services, industry- leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For eight years, Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications; Cox has ranked among DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity nine times, including the last eight years. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com and www.coxmedia.com.
About the James M. Cox Foundation
The James M. Cox Foundation is named in honor of Cox Enterprises’ founder and provides funding forcapital campaigns and special projects in communities where the company operates. James M. Cox was Ohio's first three-term governor and the 1920 Democratic nominee for president of the United States.
The Foundation concentrates its community support in several areas, including: conservation and environment; early childhood education; empowering families and individuals for success; and health.