Des Moines, IA (December 22, 2023) – The Caitlin Clark Foundation made a surprise $35,000 donation at Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa’s (BGCCI) record-breaking 60th Anniversary Gala on November 17 at the Drake University Knapp Center. In addition to $22,000, the foundation donated $13,000 worth of sports equipment including jump ropes, basketballs, and more.
Caitlin Clark’s family joined Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa at the gala to celebrate the launch of the new foundation and uphold Caitlin Clark Foundation’s mission of uplifting and improving the lives of youth and their communities through education, nutrition, and sport—three pillars Caitlin Clark believes were foundational in her success.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa aims do whatever it takes to foster the next generation of leaders with caring mentors, safe spaces, and quality programs. These programs are designed to empower youth to excel in school while living healthy lifestyles.
Increasing kids’ and teens’ healthy habits strengthens their ability to interact positively with others and form healthy relationships. With the support of the Caitlin Clark Foundation, more youth within the Des Moines metro have access to opportunities that develop good habits early on and to lead to better health and quality of life throughout adulthood.
“Our 60th Celebration was a magical evening that celebrated our founding families and the community that has supported our Club members with overwhelming generosity,” said Tony Timm, BGCCI CEO. “The evening was even more magical with the announcement of the first donation from the Caitlin Clark Foundation. We are so grateful to Caitlin and her family for selecting us to share in this special moment.”
BGCCI broke records at the gala in celebration of the organization’s 60th anniversary, raising nearly $5 million to support Des Moines kids and teens. Over 500 community members came together to honor and recognize the Boys & Girls Clubs mission, founders, sponsors, and Club members.