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Shonnard Street Boys & Girls Club Celebrates Gym Re-Opening

Eaton Crouse Hinds President Scott Hearn, Jim and Juli Boeheim, Syracuse Boys & Girls Club Board Chair Tim McDevitt, Boeheim’s Army, and Boys & Girls Club youth take a picture following the re-opening ceremony. (c) 2018 Naiya Brooks

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By Naiya Brooks SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – The Shonnard Street Boys and Girls Club opened the doors to the brand new Eaton Crouse Hinds Gymnasium yesterday.

Eaton Crouse Hinds has had a long-standing partnership with Syracuse Basketball Coach Jim Boehim and his wife, Juli. With the support of the Boeheims, Eaton Crouse-Hinds fully-funded the project. Both parties were in attendance and gave remarks at the ceremony.

“Crouse-Hinds, we’re a long standing member of this community and it’s important to us to follow the lead of giving where you live,” said Eaton Crouse Hinds President Scott Hearn.

Jim and Juli Boeheim were both in high spirits as the ceremony commenced. Coach Boeheim shared a few words before cutting the ribbon.

“It’s important. We need to keep doing as much as we can for the kids of this city. It’ll pay off big time for everybody down the road. These kids are going to be great, they’re going to do great things and this is where it starts,” said Coach Boeheim.

After the ribbon cutting, dozens of excited children filled the new gym to play basketball, play tag, and to do few cartwheels.

The upgrade was well needed as the gym was described as being in “bad condition” and “falling apart”. The Shonnard Street Club will now be open to hosting more community events for children and their families.

“Now we are able to use our gym for community wide events,” said Shonnard Street Club Executive Director Deka Dancil. Dancil went on to say that with the new space the club plans on hosting “3 on 3 tournments”, teen dances, lock-ins, food pantries, and much more.