By Allison Collins
SIDNEY – As of Wednesday, July 19 the recently renamed Tri-Town Youth Club (formerly the Boys and Girls Club) opened its doors (also new) to community youth between ages 5 and 14. The club is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with attendees receiving breakfast, lunch and a snack. Walk-ins are welcome.
Following the sale of the Civic Center on Liberty Street building, the club relocated to the Sidney United Methodist Church, also on Liberty Street.
Now, with a new home and name, the club announced the appointment of new director of programming, 28-year-old Vincent Spruill. Spruill was appointed July 7. Working alongside him is a staff of five, with four of that number representing the WCDO Workforce.
With a background in business and sports management, Spruill said in a July 21 interview that he has coached teams, participated in the National Guard and trained as a teacher.
“I’ve done a little of everything,” said Spruill, adding, “I’ve always liked to help and I’ve always liked kids.”
While at the club, activities include crafts, gym time, walks to the park, weekly cooking lessons and bi-weekly trips to the pool. Spruill noted that he hopes to include at least one larger field trip during the club’s six-week summer session.
Summer programming will run until the start of school, said Spruill, with weekday hours of operation shifting to 2:30 to 5:30 thereafter.