Boys & Girls Club Closed For Now

By: Max Seigle
By: Max Seigle

Karen Driver often drops off her five kids at the Boys and Girls Club in Freeport. Ready for tumbling class, they were greeted instead by this sign on the front door...Saying the club is closed until further notice. "I was really upset not knowing if my kids programs are still going to be available," Driver said. Her kids do everything from tumbling to tutoring with the Boys and Girls Club...but now they must anxiously wait to find out when programs will resume. The club, and its partner, the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Cente, received eviction notices to vacate their spaces in the Liberty Street building on July 9th. They were given 30 days to leave. The head of the King Center, Rev. Charles Collins, wouldn't do an on-camera interview with us. But off camera, he says the community has nothing to worry about. Programs will continue elsewhere, but he won't say where or when. Collins would not say what prompted the eviction from the building. But 23 news has learned it may involve a previously-filed bankruptcy by the King Center. Parents, like Driver, say they're pretty much in the dark here. She hopes to learn something soon because these programs are invaluable to her kids. "Their tumbling coach, they really look up to him. They don't have a father figure at home," Driver said. Their coach came out to see the kids Tuesday...giving a hug and hope for a return to class soon.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
23 WIFR 2523 North Meridian Road Rockford, IL. 61101 Business: 815-987-5300 Fax: 815-965-0981 News: 815-987-5330 Fax: 815-987-5333
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 9161021 - wifr.com/a?a=9161021
Gray Television, Inc.