The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County new Athletic Director ready for the challenge

BEDFORD – The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County has been a staple in the community for over 80 years, forming in 1940 as the Thornton Memorial Boys Club, before combining with the Limestone Girls Club in 2012.

Over the years, hundreds of thousands of children have had the opportunity to participate in the after-school and athletics programs offered through the club.

This year, however, families will see a familiar face in a new role as the Athletic Director for the Club, as Kristen Calantine prepares for her new responsibilities.

Kristen Calantine, Athletic Director for the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County

Kristen is familiar with the club and how much information each family wants to know during each day their child is there, and she is prioritizing active and constant communication with everyone interested in the club.

“I think it’s important that each parent knows what is going on with the club and keeping them in the loop on things, even if it is something their kids aren’t interested in, I want them to know what is happening at the club,” said Calantine. “I want to be more hands-on with our parents and have a better line of communication, so if they have a question or a concern, they can stop by my office. I have an open-door policy, so anytime they want to come and talk with me, they can.”

Football players with the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County during a previous season

Offering different activities and sports for children with different interests can be challenging, but Calantine is hoping to offer sports for every interest level.

“The club means everything to me. If I can make a difference in one kid’s life then I have done something great. I will go above and beyond to make things right,” Calantine said. “Our numbers keep growing in each sport, and being able to provide that is amazing. Offering different things to kids with different interests is what I am focused on here. I feel like I can offer more sports for every interest level. I am here to make the kids smile and have fun.”

One of the many basketball teams with the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County from a previous season

The Club offers different opportunities for children to become involved with the athletics department including football, gymnastics, karate, basketball, baseball, softball, dodgeball, and volleyball.

For more information on how to register your children for a sport with the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence County, visit their website or call (812) 279-6123.