Bryant: Center, Clubs, Put Community Wellness First (Quality of Life | Winner 5,000-20,000)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 12:00 am  

The Boys & Girls Club also hosts a family night three or four times a year and partners with other organizations, such as Saline Memorial Hospital, to offer free health screenings.

For the program, “Passport Around the World,” guest speakers who have lived outside the United States relate their experiences with other cultures, foods and customs. Other programs focus on providing nutrition and fitness training for students.

The Boys & Girls Club “gives Bryant youth a safe and positive place to go after school and in the summer,” Wilson said. “The goal is to provide youth with engaging activities to help build their social skills, character and health.”

The Bryant Boys & Girls Club serves about 500 children a day, Wilson said.

Next to The Center is the Aquatic Center, a 24,000-SF glass building with a retractable roof. The Aquatic Center opened in 2011 and features an Olympic-sized, indoor/outdoor swimming pool and a therapy pool.

“The multi-purpose use center is designed for diving competitions, swim meets, swimming lessons, therapy, … and recreation such as movie night and birthday parties,” Wilson said.

In addition, the complex has a program created for seniors that offers exercise and therapy programs, Wilson said.

“The current and future benefits of the Aquatic Center are hours of enjoyment, improved health and well being and inspiration to all to keep improving on quality of life choices,” Wilson said.

Wilson said The Center has not only improved the lives of residents in Bryant, but also those in surrounding communities who use the facilities or programs.

“That is a great testament to the effectiveness of a community and its programs when its contribution reaches beyond its borders,” he said.



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