One Campaign

One Campaign


ETSU Basketball Coach Steve Forbes Speaks at
Boys & Girls Club’s One Campaign Luncheon on April 21, 2016

The Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County kicked off its annual One Campaign with a luncheon on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Trinity United Methodist Church.  This year’s featured speaker was East Tennessee State University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Steve Forbes. Forbes spoke on the importance that a place like the Boys & Girls Club has on the youth of the community. He addressed the magnitude that positive mentors, engaging programs and having a safe place to spend out-of-school time has on kids. In just his first year as head coach of the Buccaneers, Forbes lead the team to a No. 2 seed in the Southern Conference tournament after posting a 24-12 overall this season. The Bucs played in the inaugural Vegas 16 tournament at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada to close out their season.

Serving as the campaign’s co-chairs this year were Willie Anderson and Shellie Hankins Brown. The campaign’s goal is to raise funds for the Clubs’ annual operating budget.  “We are proud to announce that to date our campaign has already raised some much needed funds as a result of some early gifts from our board members and staff.  All we need now is the rest of our community to show their support and we will be able to reach, maybe even exceed our goal.  The Boys & Girls Club is making a difference in the community,” stated Willie Anderson, a Boys & Girls Club board member and co- chairman for the event.

“Last year, the local Boys & Girls Club served 2,523 youth throughout Greeneville & Greene County, but there are still many more children in our community that need the kind of positive influence and guidance the Boys & Girls Club provides, and we want to reach out to these youth and their families,” stated Shellie Hankins Brown, a Boys & Girls Club board member and co- chairman for the event.  Funds raised from the campaign will help provide quality after school programs such as the Power Hour homework help program, computer skills training, arts and crafts, fitness and character and leadership programs for the Club.  For more information on the One Campaign or luncheon contact Scott Bullington or Aly Carrino at the Boys & Girls Club at 787-9322 or email gbgc@comcast.net.

Steve Forbes became the 16th head coach in ETSU's 95-year history on March 30, 2015.  He most recently served two seasons as an assistant coach at Wichita State where he helped take the Shockers to two of the most successful seasons in program history. During the 2014-15 season, Wichita State went 30-5 on the season and recorded its third consecutive season of 30 wins or more. The No. 7-seeded Shockers advanced to the Sweet 16 before falling Notre Dame. In 2013-14, Wichita State won a NCAA record 35-straight games before losing to eventual National Runner-up Kentucky. The Shockers' 35-1 record also shattered all of WSU's and the MVC's winning streak records, including Indiana State's 33-game record in 1977. WSU entered the NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed, a first for the program.

Forbes came to Wichita State from Northwest Florida State, where he coached the Raiders to a 61-6 record during his two-year tenure in Niceville, Florida.  Forbes’ Division I experience includes five years at Tennessee, two seasons at Texas A&M, one year at Illinois State and three years at Louisiana Tech and one year at Idaho. In the five seasons at Tennessee, Forbes helped coach the Vols to an average of 26 wins per year, and advanced to four consecutive NCAA Tournaments – making three Sweet Sixteen appearances and advancing to the program's first-ever Elite Eight in 2010. The Vols won a school-record 31 games in 2008, and their 14-2 league record gave the program its first outright SEC championship in more than 40 years. Following a 66-62 win at top-ranked Memphis on Feb. 23, 2008, UT earned the first No. 1 ranking in school history. Forbes’ experience also helped Tennessee's 2006, 2008 and 2010 recruiting classes to a top 10 national ranking by multiple ratings services.

Forbes came to Tennessee after spending two seasons at Texas A&M, where he helped turn the Aggies from a team that had posted a 7-21 record the previous season and hadn't received a postseason invitation in 11 years, to a program that averaged more than 21 wins in his two seasons and advanced to postseason play both years.  Before joining Billy Gillispie's coaching staff at Texas A&M, Forbes coached at Illinois State (2003-04) and spent three years at Louisiana Tech (2000-03), where he helped sign two nationally-ranked recruiting classes, including a top-10 class in 2003.  In 1998 Forbes joined the Idaho coaching staff as an assistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach for the 1998-99 season. In his first season, the Vandals improved to 16-11 and signed a nationally-ranked recruiting class.

Forbes compiled a 68-28 record in three years (1995-98) as the head coach at Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kansas.  After spending two years (1989-91) as an assistant coach at Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa, Forbes was promoted to head coach in March 1991.

 A native of Lone Tree, Iowa, Forbes graduated from Southern Arkansas University with a degree in secondary education in 1988. A former baseball student-athlete for the Muleriders, Forbes spent one year at his alma mater as the sports information director before embarking on a coaching career.  Forbes and his wife Johnetta have three children, Elizabeth (25), Christopher (19) and Johnathon (11).

Donate to the One Campaign today! To donate contact Scott Bullington at (423) 787-9322, by email at gbgc@comcast.net or stop by in person at 740 West Church Street Greeneville, TN 37745.


Please support our annual campaign for kids with a donation today!

One opportunity can make a lasting difference in the life of a child. One dream can give a sense of purpose for a lifetime. One voice can relay wisdom that resonates for generations. One Boys & Girls Club can give hope to an entire neighborhood. One person like you can help fulfill the dream of a brighter tomorrow for more children in our community.

At the Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County, any gift—no matter how big or small—is immensely appreciated. This is the idea behind our It Just Takes One Campaign: It just takes One caring adult, One Boys & Girls Club and One gift to forever impact the life of a child.

This campaign ensures that the doors to the Club remain open and accessible to all children and that the Clubs are able to continue to provide:

A Safe Place for those who may be left alone after school or on the streets with no guidance.
The Clubs are a safe place to play and a place safe enough where kids can be themselves.

Life- Enhancing Programs that can open young minds.
The Boys & Girls Club expose youth to new ideas and skills that prepare them for life.  We teach the importance of character in all of our programs.

A Relationship with caring, trained adults.
The availability of dependable, caring adults who are responsive to a child's daily realities are critical to developing meaningful, often lifelong relationships, that enable children to reach their full potential.

Why should I give to the One Campaign?

The Boys & Girls Club’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.  “The cost of providing the Boys & Girls Club experience to one child for a year cost the club just over $ 292.00” said Judge Ken Bailey.  “You can see what a valuable investment that is when you compare it to the cost of incarcerating a youth who went in the wrong direction, usually $35,000 or more a year.  "The Boys & Girls Club gives a good return on investment.”  Bailey added   The Boys & Girls Club is a non-profit, privately-funded 501(c)(3) organization and depends on private donations, sponsorships and volunteers to accomplish its mission.  The club only charges $5.00 per year for an after school program membership.  "We keep the dues low so that every child can afford to be a club member if they want" states Ted Bryant, a Boys & Girls Club board member.

To make a donation or to volunteer to help with the One Campaign, contact Scott Bullington at the Boys & Girls Club office at 423-787-9322, or stop by the club located at 740 West Church Street. 

You can also email the Boys & Girls Club for more information:
Contact Scott at gbgc@comcast.net  

 Be the One in 2015 to help our kids BE Great!
It just takes One!
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Directions to Trinity United Methodist Church

for Boys & Girls Club One Campaign

Trinity United Methodist Church is the location for the Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County's One Campaign Luncheon. The church is located at 524 Tusculum Boulevard and the phone number is 423-638-7521.
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