Matthews-Dickey provides structured athletic, educational and cultural-enrichment activities for more than 40,000 you men and women, annually. The organization was co-founded in 1960 under a shade tree in St. Louis by Martin Luther Mathews and the late Hubert “Dickey” Ballentine. The Club is expanding its operation to the 30 acre Bob Russell Park in Bellefontaine Neighbors, with fundraising continuing through December.

The Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club is a non-profit organization and was founded in l960 by Martin L. Mathews and the late Hubert “Dickey” Ballentine. Initially the Club was designed to provide structured recreational activities to neighborhood youth. Today the Club’s goals are more focused and comprehensive and are aimed at:

  • Emphasizing the three Rs’ (Respect, Restraint, Responsibility) through athletic competition and team-building in football, baseball, basketball, swimming, softball, cheerleading and other recreational activities;
  • Building self-esteem while allowing for personal growth, emphasizing the importance of becoming literate and educated citizens;
  • Addressing problems stemming from teen idleness (such as substance abuse, gang violence, teen pregnancy and illiteracy);
  • Instilling the desire to lead productive lives and to become positive contributors and future leaders in the community;
  • Teaching moral, personal, social and cultural development and practices.

Today the Club serves more than 40,000 young men and women, ages 5-l8, throughout the St. Louis- metropolitan area. The Club also serves as a meeting center for various community, social and business organizations, and as an outreach resource center for troubled youth.

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