HOUSTON, TX - March Madness may be coming to an end soon, but it's legacy will continue to last here in Houston. Every year, the NCAA Legacy Restoration Project tries to give something back to the hosting community. For 2016, Final Four organizers, along with Lowe's and other partners, renovated and revitalized Jim and Barbara Morefield Boys and Girls Club in southeast Houston. Kevin Hattery, President/CEO of Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston says, "This club here is approximately 20 years old now, and it was the time to do a little bit of renovations."
It took over 80 Lowe's volunteers working about 4,200 hours to refurbish the gym, spruce up the landscape and paint the interior and exterior of the facility. The club serves approximately 1000 kids and their families each year, and the NCAA knows these improvements will make a big impact on the community. Final Four Houston Local Organizing Committee member, Dr. Charles McClellan says, "The Boys and Girls Club in Houston will serve as an opportunity for many youths to be able to have a facility that in some regards will be better than some other high schools and collegiate gyms that they would every to participate in."
Besides basketball, these renovations will also benefit the club's tutoring, homework assistance, and provide more physical activity. The road to the Final Four ends in Houston on Monday, but it's impact could last a lifetime.