On Wednesday, April 17, 2013 PCMA sponsored lunch and an afternoon of fun and games at the Windy City Field House for a selected team of exceptional children from the Off The Street Club. PCMA members were on hand to interact and get into the games such as dodge ball, paddle soccer and other spirited games. OTSC children are huggers, as some of these children may not be getting hugs from home and so it is customary for them to hug each and every volunteer upon meeting and departing such events. They are so very appreciative of these special opportunities they are provided, it was hard to end the day.
Housed in a kid-friendly complex in West Garfield Park, the Off The Street Club gives 4- to 18-year-old kids a place to do their homework or play computer games in the Learning Center; perform plays in the Performing Arts Center; dance, rollerskate, sing, and play musical instruments; express themselves through arts and crafts and woodshop; and more. Off The Street Club kids have mentors, tutors and role models; girls can experience real “girl power” and heightened self-esteem in the Girls Center, while boys and girls together can meet and interact safely and respectfully throughout the Club. Founded in 1900, OTSC is Chicago's oldest boys and girls club and serves more than 3,000 kids. Check out the photos from the event
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