Ardmore, Okla. – Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby led ground breaking ceremonies for a new Chickasaw Youth Club, Tuesday, May 3, on the tribe’s campus in Ardmore, Oklahoma.
Education has long been a priority for the Chickasaw Nation under Governor Anoatubby’s leadership, and the new 14,600-square-foot facility signifies an investment in the future by expanding the youth club to the Ardmore area.
“Investing in the education of our young people has long been a cornerstone of the Chickasaw Nation and a driving force behind our tribe’s continued progress,” Governor Anoatubby said. “The Chickasaw Youth Club is an investment in our young people, as well as the future of the Chickasaw Nation. We look forward to a bright future for the Chickasaw Nation, which will benefit from the success of the children who will learn, grow and play here for many years to come.”
Established in 1998 with a vision of providing Chickasaw youth a safe space to learn and grow, Chickasaw Youth Clubs offer after-school and summer learning programs for children, ages 4 through 13.
Also located in Sulphur and Tishomingo, programs offered by the youth clubs are intended to foster good character, promote education and encourage healthy lifestyles and career development.
Health and nutrition education, career development, life skills, art, sports, fitness, and Chickasaw history and culture are offered.
It is also a place where students can cultivate good study habits, advance their social skills and develop leadership abilities.
The Ardmore facility will feature four classrooms, a commercial kitchen and a large dining room, which doubles as a safe room.The youth club will also have a half basketball court and a 21,000-square-foot playground area.
“We hope all who enter this building will learn valuable lessons and create meaningful connections with their Chickasaw culture and community,” Governor Anoatubby said.
For more information about Chickasaw Youth Clubs, visit Chickasaw.net.