Looking to the future with Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – After six decades of success, the Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club looks to the future, with an eye toward building a stronger community and producing scholar athletes.

Summer camp at Mathews-Dickey takes children from the starting block to lifelong success, according to Wendell Covington, the club’s new president and CEO.

“Using athletics as a platform, we can encourage them to be renaissance kids,” he said. “We can encourage them to be highly academically sound young people.”

Through leadership training, arts development, character building, and entrepreneur camp, kids find their way.

The club reports 90 percent of its alumni have said they learned the value of teamwork, self-confidence, and leadership when they came to the club.

The kids are benefiting from a unique partnership with the University of Missouri St. Louis.

“So I thought a great idea was to partner with one of our area’s institutions in producing educators, to produce a curriculum that is relevant and meaningful for our young people,” Covington said.

Partnerships like this represent an extension of the model launched by club co-founder Martin Mathews.

“We decided to put a foundation here, where they would see good, they would hear good, and they would grow up with the verse in the Bible, ‘Train the child in the way it should go and when he get old he will not depart from it,’” he said.