NEWPORT NEWS—The Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula recently celebrated the launch of their new technology-filled Innovation Lab at its Crossroads Village Club in Newport News. The Lab was made possible by a $25,000 grant from the James M. Cox Foundation, which was named in honor of Cox Enterprises’ founder. The Foundation provides funding for capital campaigns and special projects in communities where Cox operates.
The donation is part of a $150,000 grant from the James M. Cox Foundation to create Innovation Labs across the country. Innovation Labs are the cornerstone of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Club Tech program, which provides students with access to a curriculum to advance their computer literacy skills. The Innovation Labs also help to bridge the digital divide for children without access to a computer or Internet connection at home.
“A reliable connection to the Internet is more important now than ever before,” said J.D. Myers, II, Region Manager and Senior Vice President of Cox in Virginia. “We’re committed to ensuring our children are connected at school, at home, and right here at the Boys & Girls Club, where so many children spend their afternoons. We look forward to the incredible achievements we’re going to see from all of these bright kids in the coming years.”