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Cox donates $20k to The Boys & Girls Clubs

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast unveiled new tools and equipment at its technology-filled Innovation Lab thanks to a $20,000 grant from Cox Communications during a ceremony held at the Fort Walton Beach Club on September 28.

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The Cox Innovation Labs are the cornerstone of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Club Tech program, which provides students access to curriculum to advance their computer literacy skills. These Innovation Labs also help bridge the digital divide for children without access to a computer or reliable internet connection at home.

“We are incredibly grateful for the generous support from Cox Communications,” said Shervin Rassa, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast. “This $20,000 grant doesn’t just bring technology into our Fort Walton Beach Club; it opens new doors for the future leaders of our community. The Cox Innovation Lab is not just a space filled with gadgets; it’s a stepping stone that levels the playing field, ensuring that all our kids, regardless of their circumstances, have the chance to develop essential computer literacy skills and explore exciting STEM fields.”

The Cox Innovation Lab gives children enrolled in the Boys & Girls Clubs the freedom to explore their interest in STEM through new and innovative technology. The lab features laptop computers and Chromebooks, a video production suite, 3D printers, microscopes, drones, Wifi and internet services provided by Cox.

“We’re committed to supporting STEM opportunities for children so they can stay connected, live, learn and pursue careers in our increasingly digital world,” said David Deliman, Cox Gulf Coast market vice president. “Cox Innovation Labs allow students to access exciting tools to advance their tech-literacy skills and explore new possibilities.”

In addition to the Innovation Lab grant, Cox has made great strides in expanding broadband access along the Gulf Coast. Through community partnerships with organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs, Connect2Compete (C2C) and other internet affordability options, Cox is moving the needle on bridging the digital divide for families and students across the U.S.

About Cox Communications

Cox Communications is committed to creating meaningful moments of human connection through technology. As the largest private broadband company in America, we operate fiber broadband networks in more than 30 states, providing connections and advanced cloud and managed IT services for nearly seven million homes and businesses nationwide. We’re dedicated to empowering others to build a better future and celebrate diverse products, people, suppliers, communities and the characteristics that make each one unique. Cox Communications is the largest division of Cox Enterprises, a family-owned business founded in 1898 by Governor James M. Cox.

The commercial division of Cox Communications, Cox Business, provides a broad commercial solutions portfolio including advanced cloud and managed IT solutions and fiber-based network solutions that create connected environments, unique hospitality experiences and support diverse applications for nearly 370,000 businesses nationwide. For more information, please visitwww.coxbusiness.com.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For 160 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA.org) has provided a safe place for kids and teens to learn and grow. Clubs offer caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Boys & Girls Clubs programming promotes academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. More than 4,700 Clubs serve 4.6 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of America on Facebook and Twitter.