Boys & Girls Club
Since 1939, the Jesse P. Sanford Boys & Girls Club of Redding-Easton (BGCRE) has served tens of thousands of children in rewarding sports, recreation, social, and educational programs. Jesse P. Sanford, a former judge, Redding First Selectman and community leader, founded the Club in 1939 for the purpose of providing safe, supervised recreation for the children of Redding. Incorporated as a tax-exempt, non-profit organization in the 1940s, the Club acquired approximately eight acres of open fields on Cross Highway near Black Rock Turnpike, where sports activities have been held since the early 1900s. Responding to increasing needs in the 1950’s, the Club built a Clubhouse that stood until destroyed by fire in 1996. In 2003, completely new facilities were opened, including a barn which houses an Club meeting space, game room, office, snack bar, and equipment storage, and a pavilion with picnic tables — a great place to watch a game, or stay out of the sun or rain.
Today, in addition to our Clubhouse building and Pavilion, we maintain and operate 5 fields at the complex including: a Junior’s size 60/90 grass baseball diamond; a 50/70 grass baseball field; a 46/60 grass baseball field; a full size skinned softball field; and a 90 yard x 50 yard grass all purpose field used for Field Hockey and multiple other activities. We also maintain a recently refurbished 1.5 court outdoor basketball court.
The Club currently offers a variety of sports programs including: Baseball – Redding Little League (RLL) (Now affiliated with Cal Ripken Baseball); Softball – Redding Easton Softball (RESB), Travel Basketball – Redding Easton Basketball (REBA), run jointly with the Easton Community Center; Redding Easton Field Hockey (REFH); Wrestling through the Redding Easton Wrestling Club; Tennis on a seasonal basis; as well as a number of other sports activities that are arranged on a periodic basis.
In addition to sports programs we run several Boys & Girls Club Community Programs, and many annual special events such as our Civic Day, Photo Contest, Youth of the Year and the Spelling Bee. Of particular note is our Keystone Club for high-school teens, and our Torch Club for middle school student. Keystone and Torch are leadership and service programs which elect their own officers, select, plan, organize and run their own community service projects.
We serve over 700 youth year-round; 225 in baseball & softball … more than 95 in travel basketball… 80 in field hockey… and 250 plus in our various other programs.
In 2011, our Board of Directors made a conscious decision to include our neighboring town Easton into the official name “Boys & Girls Club of Redding-Easton”. Our new name reflects the fact that the Boys & Girls Club- a familiar institution for more than 70 years- proudly serves both Redding and Easton with a wide range of sports and community programs for the kids from kindergarten through high school, in fact, approximately one-quarter of the kids in our programs come from Easton.
Boys and Girls club of Redding-Easton
170 Cross Highway,
Redding Ridge, CT 06876
Michael Dobbins, President
Steve Gagnon, Treasurer
Mary Beth Gilbert, Secretary
Dave Corr, VP Operations
Greg Fischer, VP Development
Linda Mitchell , VP Programs
Joseph Dolan, Executive Director
Peri Bartro, Program Coordinator