The Boys and Girls Club of Dane County has hired Brent Wray to run after-school programs at the new McKenzie Family Boys and Girls Club in Sun Prairie.
Wray, the son of former Madison Police Chief Noble Wray, has worked at the club’s Allied Drive location for the past year. Before that, he worked at the YMCA for five years.
“We promoted him to this role because the kids loved him over there and he’s provided quality programming for our kids,” said Boys and Girls Club CEO Michael Johnson.”We saw that as an opportunity to give him a larger facility, more responsibility, and the team thought he would excel and do extremely well in that role.”
Wray said he’s excited to get embedded in the community.
“One thing I do like about the Sun Prairie community is that they’re really cohesive,” Wray said. “They love partnerships and I’m all about partnerships, bringing the kids a safe place, a fun place for kids in the community and just being somewhere that we can be an asset for the community as well.”
The after school program will offer a wide range of activities from cooking to baseball.
“Kids have exposure to different types of clubs,” she said. “We have a cooking and healthy habits club. We have audio visual, we have STRIDE, which is a mathematics and science (program). We have triple play clubs which involve teaching kids how to play baseball, football, basketball, soccer, other sports. And these courses go on for about eight weeks. It teaches the kids about the logistics of the sport itself, right down to where to stand, how to swing the bat, and how to run.”
The new McKenzie Family Boys and Girls Club celebrated its grand opening earlier this month, and programming officially begins Monday with what Club Director Kathryn Hagel said will be a “handful” of kids, with plenty of room for more kids to sign up.
“Right now the process will be a gradual week-by-week process as kids begin to become more familiar with joining the club. By the summertime, I guarantee you that we will be fully booked,” Hagel said.
She said a membership application can be downloaded from the Boys and Girls Club website, or anyone can just stop by the club between 7 am and 6 pm to join.