LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) – Big changes are happening at the Boys and Girls Club of Lawton.
Engineers installed over $20,000 worth of technology in the facility over the past two days.
When Jacobi Crowley became chief executive of the Boys and Girls Club late last year, he said it looked a lot like he was when he came here as a child. He was determined to provide improvements to the facility for the kids, and now they will come and find over $20,000 worth of new technology in the playroom.
Brand new virtual reality headsets, a simulation platform for games and a 103-inch screen with a 4K projector, Crowley said the technology was the step forward he envisioned for the Boys and Girls Club when he accepted the role.
“It’s the new pool table,” Crowley said. “It’s the new goal of basketball. It’s the 21st century approach to fun for kids.
All thanks to a grant written by the regional director of the club. Upgrades also include TVs, a PlayStation 5 and an XBox.
It will not only be used for fun but also for education.
“Some of these kids just have a different mindset and different interests,” Crowley said. “We want to capture that interest and take it to a different level for them, so when they come to the club they know they’re going to have and be exposed to unimaginable opportunities.”
Rocky Tandy is the project manager for the company that installs everything.
He said it’s the kind of technology that changes lives.
“They’re going to be able to explore different places around the world without ever leaving the building,” Tandy said. “It’s fantastic. They can go to Colorado, go see the Rockies, go see the Grand Canyon, go to Paris and see the Eiffel Tower.
According to Tandy, it’s a dream project for him to be able to bring this to the kids at the Boys and Girls Club.
“If these kids don’t have access to today’s technology, we can’t expect them to be proficient in the technology of the future, so the more we can expose younger generations to technology today, the more they will are going to be able to live a fulfilling life in the world of technology in the future,” said Tandy.
Crowley said the upgrades won’t stop there, and he invites the community to come and see what they’ve been up to so far.
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