Kiwanis Clubs of El Paso Hit a Home Run for Kids in Clint ISD
The Kiwanis Clubs of El Paso will hold their fifth annual wine tasting benefit this Saturday, February 24, 2018, in the Foundation Room of the Downtown Mills Building from 6 to 9pm. The event will support Border Youth Athletic Association’s after-school program, BASE Play RBI, serving children residing in the communities – many of the colonias – of Clint Independent School District. The evening will include wine tasting, live music, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Please contact Dave Hendrix at 915-833-2269 to purchase tickets prior to the event.
BASE Play RBI is an after-school initiative designed to connect 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students to their own academic potential, health, and communities through baseball and softball play. The program emphasizes the importance of academic achievement while teaching the fundamentals of baseball and softball. BASE Play RBI is currently in eight Clint ISD schools and targets students who are struggling academically or behaviorally. There is no cost to participate. Counselors and school administrators have enthusiastically embraced BASE Play RBI. It has been so effective at focusing young students that program evaluation data demonstrates among students who enter the program failing one or more classes, an 82% transition to passing grades over the course of a season. Clint ISD educators cite increased class participation and improved behavior as major outcomes of the program.
Kiwanis International was founded in 1915. The El Paso Club was established in 1917 and was the first club chartered in the Kiwanis Southwest District. Kiwanis International is a service organization dedicated to making the world a better place for children. The Kiwanis Clubs of El Paso work together to make a difference in the lives of children within El Paso, the Southwest District, and worldwide. “We must expand our support for those in need and mentor our youth – the BASE Play program helps us accomplish both these goals,” said Coronado Kiwanis president, Dave Hendrix. Kiwanis Clubs of El Paso have long supported the El Paso Community – starting the Sun Bowl in 1935, spearheading the first Juvenile Detention Center in El Paso in 1947, thereby separating juveniles and adults from being detained in the same facility, and helping to initiate Crime Stoppers of El Paso in 1978.
EPBYAA in a non-profit organization operating in El Paso since 2000. For the last 15 years EPBYAA has worked to provide educational and developmental opportunities to children ages 6 to 18 through after-school programming, through Chihuahuas NeXt, in partnership with the El Paso Chihuahuas, and through their indoor practice facility, THE BASE. ” To actually see these kids working toward the goal of becoming better students and practicing good citizenship in order to play the game is very rewarding,” says EPBYAA board member and BASE Play RBI sponsor, Skip Litt, president of Commercial Records, Inc. “In my opinion, this is what our organization is all about, life lessions through sports.”