The non-profit organization Boys & Girls Clubs of the Texas Hill Country announced the appointment of their new Chief Professional Officer/Executive Director is Cody Huffman of Mason County. Cody moved to Mason in 2006 after 26 years of military and government service, including ten years working at the Pentagon where he managed Air Force-wide personnel programs. "I love the mission of the Boys & Girls Club, and the Texas Hill Country should be proud of itself for its civic-minded leaders who dedicated their valuable time and money to help embolden our future by providing a positive place for kids to have fun and learn new skills. I’ve served in several developed, as well as, underdeveloped countries; and you can really measure the strength of a community by how committed the local population is towards building a better future with their own hands.", said Mr. Huffman . He knows from what he speaks as he served as military diplomat in several American Embassies, including the former Czechoslovakia, the former Yugoslavia and Qatar. He explained that his main function would be to help promote the operations to the three current Boys & Girls Clubs located in Fredericksburg, Boerne, and Comfort.
Cody stated "I grew up safely though not necessarily soundly in the suburbs of Houston. I really wish I could have had a Boys & Girls Club to go to after school and through the summer. Growing up can be awkward, and the programs we run, with the passionate staff who administer them, are masterful at making a child’s development a positive experience."
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Texas Hill Country currently serve youth ages 6 to 18 for approximately 1,000 Hill Country children. In 1994, the citizens of Fredericksburg started a youth center that quickly expanded and became affiliated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 2001. A second location was added in Boerne in 2004, following a grant from the state of Texas’ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Comfort is the latest addition to their growing organization. Nationally (and on military installations around the world) there are over 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs serving over 4 million children through membership and community outreach. The after-school and summer programs focus on Character and Leadership Development, Health and Life Skills, Educational and Career Development, Sports\Fitness\Recreation, and the Arts. Membership fees are intentionally kept low, so that every child who wants to join the Club can.
Millions have benefited from belonging to a Boys & Girls Club since the first Club opened its doors in 1860. Club alumni have very strong feelings about their individual Club experiences. Ninty-five percent of former alumni polled said the Club was the best thing available in their community and 52% even went so far as to say the Club "saved my life". Some of the biggest proponents of the Boys & Girls Clubs are also their most grateful alumni. Among them are several generals, including former presidential candidate retired General Wesley Clark. Notably among the CEOs, sport greats and celebrities is the two-time Academy Award winner and Boys & Girls Club national spokesperson Denzel Washington who credits the Club - and the staff there - for inspiring him to believe that he could achieve anything he set his mind to. "The Club is where I looked for hope, purpose and direction," Washington says. "That’s where I learned to dream - and to think big."
Mr. Huffman concluded, "I love my new job for a lot of reasons, but one of the best things I love is talking to people who are excited about making a difference by helping a child. These young people are our future. They are also our neighbors and when we fail our kids, we fail our communities and ourselves." For more information on the Boys & Girls Clubs of America please check out their web site www.bgca.org. The website for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Texas Hill Country is www.bgcatxhc.org, or you can call Cody Huffman at (830) 998-4758.