Aljanine Richmond is a big fan of shooting hoops.
For the past seven years he's been dribbling away his summer at the Boys and Girls Club in Ozark.
"When I was little, like, I used to back talk my parents; now they taught me how to respect your parents and your elders and be a better person inside," Richmond said.
Through the years, Richmond says he's learned a lot of valuable lessons. And he's not the only one taking something away after summer is over.
"Be responsible and not to do drugs or alcohol," said Rachal, another Boys and Girls Club member.
In addition to drug and alcohol lessons, kids have a number of activities to choose from this year.
Baton, sports clinics and many other new programs are being offered through the generosity of the community.
"It is amazing to see, even though everyone is hurting, but they still have the time to give. I guess they see the importance in the Boys and Girls Club and they still continue to give, even though everyone is hurting at the time," said Chelsey Peraulc.
Peraulc is no stranger to the Boys and Girls Club. Being a previous member herself, she says she knows its importance to the kids.
"It's a loving place to go. They know that no matter what, they could always come to the Boys and Girls Club and somebody cares about them. They have staff too, no matter what their problem is, someone is always willing to listen,” Peraulc added.
Tropical Smoothie is helping the Boys and Girls Club of the Wiregrass this Friday.
If you stop in from 2:30 to 6:30pm, 20% of all the proceeds will be donated to the program.
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