Participants of the long standing Falcon Boys Club will soon have a new venue to call home.
The boys mentoring organization’s Champs Community Center, of which ground was broken earlier this year, on May 26 has, in just a few short months made substantial progress. Accordingly, the dream of the organization’s director, Darrin Rolle, and indeed many other outstanding citizens within the community, looks to soon be a reality.
Various entities and individuals throughout the island, as well as some internationals, have assisted the Falcon’s Boy’s Club over the 20-plus years of its existence, following the Club’s mantra ‘Building Youth is Better than Mending Men’ to foster a positive outlet for the youth, young men in particular, with a strong emphasis on sporting programs, namely basketball.
The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) is one entity that has, contributed to development of the program and was extremely influential in the process of the Community Center, located on Grand Bahama Way. the GBPA donated the parcel of land on which the center will sit.
Ian Rolle, president, expressed recently that the GBPA is committed to assisting the program, to positively impact the youth of the nation.
“As you know Darrin (Rolle) has been involved in this Falcons Boys, mentoring club for over 20 years and we actually love what he is doing. He uses basketball as the character to attract young men, to the club; but while the young men are in his presence, he teaches them Godly principles and has upstanding persons in the community come and speak to the boys, to impart life lessons upon them.
“That type of club, and initiative is of course very much supported by the GBPA. We believe in the development of our young people, especially the males. That is something that is very dear and close to my heart, to improve the situation in regards to education and also how we impart knowledge to young men, to make them better citizens. At the end of the day, when we look at the crime rates, etcetera. It is mostly affected by men.
“It is very important for us, as a community, to develop our men so that we can have a better society. That is one of the main reasons why the GBPA supports his program and of course Darrin Rolle is an outstanding Bahamian citizen as well, filled with passion and a commitment to developing young men in the country.
“I have been following the progress of his community center and give thanks to persons like Edney Anderson (Pineyard Steel Fabrication and Construction Co.), Cara Gallagher (CL & H Services Limited), Gordon Henderson (Syngad Services) and a number of business persons who have contributed to this project. It is bringing together a number of persons in the private sector who believe in the development of people as a community,” said the GBPA President.
Wolfgang Geiger of ABC Construction has also been quite beneficial to the progress of the community center as well, according to Darrin Rolle. He expressed his “profound gratitude to all that have sowed into the lives of the youth who have benefitted from the Falcon’s Boy’s Club over the years.
The GBPA President, then gave a breakdown of the phases of the center.
“It is going pretty well, from what I understand. Two of the three basketball courts will be completed by September 15 or thereabouts, before the end of this month. He is making great progress. I know that he has specked out the actual building for the community center and that will probably be on island by February. He is still looking for support for that. I want to encourage other private citizens and other non-profit organizations to participate in helping him fund the purchase of his building. I think that will cost him in the area of about $65,000.00.
“The program again, is an outstanding one and we need more people and more programs like this.
“I encourage the community to remain positive and those that can help, even in the smallest way, whether time, resources, we are all our brother’s keeper and we should do our part to make this city better,” concluded Ian Rolle.
During the ground breaking ceremony for the Champ’s Community Center in May, Falcon’s Boy’s Club Director Rolle expressed his reasons for giving back to the community. Thanking all in attendance for their unwavering support and commitment to the program he made an emphatic admission.
“This will not be accomplished without you. If you do not help us to do this, it will not be accomplished.
“If you do not know me, I do this for two reasons. I am a Christian and I believe in the power of sowing the seed of the Gospel. That seed may take five, 10, 15, 20 or 30 years for someone to understand God as their personal savior, but I do not have any problem with sowing that seed. My second reason for doing this, is that I am a citizen of this community and I believe that for evil to thrive, a few good men must do nothing.”
The Falcon’s Boys Club sessions resume next week Saturday September 15, on the grounds of Tabernacle Baptist Christian Academy, located on Settler’s Way, beginning at 10:00 a.m.