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Boys & Girls Club promotes healthy lifestyle with new gym, exercise room

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Boys and Girls Club of Albany leaders are renovating its oldest unit to encourage a healthier lifestyle for kids. 

Buckets of steel gray paint were stacked at the entrance of the Jefferson unit gym. 

"These renovations are all about listening to the voice of young people and hearing what they say they want," Boys & Girls Club of Albany CEO, Marvin Laster remarked. 

He said making the kids feel comfortable was his mission, and the renovations could lead to a more active lifestyle for the 175 kids in their after school program. 

Laster explained, "obesity and other health-related issues are very prevalent here in Southwest Georgia." 

He hopes to change that by giving the outdated gym a much-needed facelift. 

Built in 1965, it will soon have a 21st-century look: new floors, scoreboard, LED lights, windows, and an exercise room.

"We want to bridge that gap between school and home but also ensure that young people have a safe place where they can go, where they can get the tools that they need to live and adopt a healthy lifestyle," Laster explained. 

He's also refurbishing the Olympic-size swimming pool. 

The outdoor pool hasn't had any major changes since it was built in 1954.

Laster said, "we can actually host local, state and national swimming competitions here."

Similar to the AT&T diving competition in Moultrie last August.

The renovations were funded by community partners and SPLOST 7 dollars.  

The Boys & Girls Club Jefferson unit's new gym and exercise room will be revealed to the kids on August 15th.

Staff hoped to have the outdoor swimming pool ready by May of 2018. 

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