Sports: The Evanston Bulldogs:
The Evanston Bulldogs Youth Football and Cheerleading organization (Evanston Youth Association) is a non-profit organization centralized in the community of Evanston. We have served children from all over the Greater Cincinnati area since our inception fifteen years ago. Our demographic core of families, currently reside in the less affluent areas of Cincinnati- primarily the Evanston, Walnut Hills, Downtown and Avondale areas. The mission of the Evanston Bulldogs Youth Association is to bring together local business, communities and individuals of all ages and backgrounds to support and encourage the youth in our community. The organization is built on the foundation of volunteering and giving with compassion and kindness to those in need of safe and positive surroundings guided by people who care.
While our primary events involve youth sports, we also have other activities for the youth.
Some of the activities are a “Right of Passage” group for the young women and men-based at the Christ Temple Missionary Baptist Church; we sponsor various groups such as the anti-drug program, DARE program and PSI (Postponing Sexual Involvement); and lastly, an anti-gang component in our program. While children are our main focus, we also work with indigent families on a case by case basis.
One of the main objectives of our youth organization is to assist in the development of strong, disciplined and self-assured youth. We fell by supporting the mental and physical growth of our children; we believe that today’s youth can become positive, strong and ambitious leaders and members of society.
Evanston community along with its partner, the Evanston Recreation Center/Cincinnati Recreation Commission (ERC/CRC), will remain committed to the positive development and growth of our youth in the community. This will be achieved first by supporting the creation and nurturing of more recreational and enrichment opportunities for the community at the Evanston Recreation Center.
Council will support the provision of affordable membership fees and accessibility to the Recreation Center and the Evanston pool for youth, teens and families. We will partner with the ERC/CRC and other sporting organizations in the community to support fitness and sports opportunities (fitness equipment, little leagues and tournaments). Additionally, we will work with the Cincinnati Park Board to make our parks available, accessible and safe for everyday use, play and for special events for the community.
Success will be measured by increasing center membership by 50% by the year 2017 and by tracking a reduction in community crime committed by our youth that are involved in positive community programs.