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Boys Town, Allstate Team Up Again to Compete with Character
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by Paul Blomenkamp, Boys Town High School Associate Principal and Athletic Director

tags: Connecting with Kids, Healing Families, Saving Children, Social Skills, Sports, Youth Sports, Youth Stories

Boys Town, Allstate Team Up Again to Compete with Character

Most of the boys and girls who come to Boys Town have known only failure. Many have done poorly in school, struggling to keep up academically or facing suspensions or expulsion. Few have played sports, so they’ve never had anyone cheer for them or experienced the thrill of victory.

At Boys Town, these kids get their first real opportunity to learn social skills, succeed in the classroom, and participate in athletics as part of a team. In everything they do as a member of their Boys Town family, they develop personal character while learning how to compete with character, both on and off the field.

This prepares our student-athletes to win not only in competition but also in many other areas that will shape and guide their lives in a positive direction.

To support and assist in this life-changing growth, Allstate is again partnering with Boys Town Nebraska in the #GoodHandsFans campaign at this year’s College World Series in Omaha.  On Monday, June 20, Allstate made a generous donation of $25,000 to benefit Boys Town sports programs, a gift that will have an immediate impact on improving facilities.

For several years, Boys Town athletes, especially track and field athletes, have practiced on an outdoor track that is cracked and falling apart. The track, located in the Village of Boys Town, has been repaired many times but is no longer adequate for our athletes.

allstate Allstate’s investment of $25,000 will go a long way toward restoring the track and giving our boys and girls a first-rate practice area. Working with an architectural firm, we have developed a plan to remove and replace the track, and include new drainage, erosion control, and irrigation systems that will make it more resilient. These improvements will benefit thousands of Boys Town student-athletes for decades to come.

At Boys Town, we pride ourselves on competing with character. Allstate’s generous donation of $25,000 will enable our many student-athletes to excel, grow, and get the most out of their Boys Town sports experience.