Cox Communications Funds Upgrades to Technology Center for Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia
Rosemont Club awarded $25,000 in new equipment and hardware to ensure
tech-savvy workforce for the future
Chesapeake – Cox Communications and The James M. Cox Foundation announced yesterday they provided a grant to fund upgrades to the technology center at the Rosemont Unit of the Boys& Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia in Virginia Beach. With the funds, the unit was able to purchase 10 computers, 10 monitors, 20 headphones, two wireless printers, four Lego kits, three Galaxy tablets, three wired keyboards, one Minecraft license, and two Nikon cameras.
The donation is part of a $135,000 grant Cox Communications and The James M. Cox Foundation provided to create or upgrade seven Cox Technology Centers across the nation. The technology centers are the centerpiece of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Club Tech program, which provides students access to curriculum to advance their computer literacy skills. These technology centers also help bridge the digital divide for children who have no access to a computer or Internet connection at home.
“Cox is dedicated to the Virginia Beach community and to providing youth access to the latest technology and best practices for staying safe online,” said J.D. Myers, II, senior vice president and region manager for Cox Virginia.
“To be productive citizens in the 21st century, young people need digital access for professional and academic success,” said Steven Kast, president & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia. “More than 75 percent of colleges take their applications online, and nearly all Fortune 500 companies post new jobs through their websites. We are thankful for Cox Communications’ continued generosity to provide Club kids with Internet access and equipment —as no one should have to apply for a job on a smartphone or miss the opportunity completely.”
Valued at $25,000, each Boys & Girls Club Technology Center includes state-of-the-art computers, along with desktops, monitors, laptops, printers, docking stations, wireless routers, wireless cards, and proprietary Microsoft and Club Tech software. Through the Club Tech suite of programs, kids learn the basics of business software, plus stay safe online and move on to advanced hardware and networking skills.
Through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs statewide, Cox Virginia has donated more than $2 million in cash and in-kind services over the past 10 years to help local children.
Cox is also working to bridge the digital divide through Connect2Compete, a program that offers discounted Internet service to families with children who qualify for the National Free School Lunch program. In addition to offering Essential Cox High Speed Internet service to eligible families for the significantly reduced fee, Cox includes free installation and modem rental.
The James M. Cox Foundation supports organizations in locations where Cox Enterprises and its subsidiaries operate. The company’s major subsidiaries are Cox Communications, Manheim, Cox Media Group and AutoTrader Group. Cox Enterprises’ national consumer brands are AutoTrader.com, Kelley Blue Book, Savings.com and Valpak.
Media Contact: Emma Inman, APR, (757) 222.8432 or Emma.Inman@cox.com
About Cox Communications
Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet and telephone services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable TV company, Cox serves approximately 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and new media advertising.
Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in cable telephone and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For eight years, Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications; Cox has ranked among DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity nine times, including the last eight years. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com and www.coxmedia.com.
About The James M. Cox Foundation
The James M. Cox Foundation is named in honor of Cox Enterprises’ founder and provides funding for capital campaigns and special projects in communities where the company operates. James M. Cox was Ohio's first three-term governor and the 1920 Democratic nominee for president of the United States.
The Foundation concentrates its community support in several areas, including: conservation and environment; early childhood education; empowering families and individuals for success; and health.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled youngpeople most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,000 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more athttp://bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.