John Thompson saves Northwest D.C. Boys & Girls Club

Legendary Georgetown coach John Thompson has stepped in and donated funds in order to keep a Northwest D.C. Boys & Girls Club open, at least temporarily.

According to NBC4,  the The Bill Butler-Julius Wyatt Clubhouse needed $42,500 this week in order to stay open for another three months.

“I have a foundation that I put together for that purpose,” Thompson told Shomari Stone. “Most of the time we try to remain anonymous in the things that we try to get done, but I think it’s significant with this to try to get other people to try to help.”

Thompson heard about the impeding shutdown from his grandson and wrote a check to the board to keep the facility open a bit longer, in the hopes that other people will step up and help make up the $250,000 deficit the club is facing.

“It’s important to me for a lot of reasons,” he said. “I couldn’t begin to start to tell you all of the many reasons that were there because as a kid I played there, my sons played there and now my grandson is playing there.”

A board member has already agreed to match Thompson’s donation. Here’s the full story from NBC4.



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Sarah Kogod · March 29, 2013