The Summerhill Boys and Girls Club provides children between Grades 2 to 7 the chance to play fun, classic games in a sporting and friendly atmosphere. It has been the highlight of many childhoods in the community since the 1950s.
The program runs on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at Cottingham Junior P.S.
In the 1950s, the Yonge Street United Church gymnasium was the home of the Summerhill Kiwanis Club – open four nights a week for boys and occasionally girls in the community.
When the Kiwanis Club’s budget no longer allowed them to fund the program, the church began fundraising to run the program as the “Summerhill Boys and Girls Club.”
Much of the funding for the program came from St. Andrew’s United Church out of the proceeds of the property sale after a fire in 1971. The program was moved to Cottingham Junior P.S. Eventually, the parents started to support the program with their donations. As of about 2014, St. Andrew’s stopped funding the program and the parents were able to completely support the Club.
In 2017, a partnership between St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club and Summerhill Boys and Girls Club was formed, strengthening the programs and community outreach of both Clubs.
Bill Davis has volunteered and led the program since the 1950’s. For 60 years, Bill has brought children together in the Summerhill and Cottingham area to participate and play in a safe and fun environment. He has lived his entire life in the Yonge and Summerhill area, where he volunteers his time and energy to coaching softball, hockey and touch football teams and lead the children and youth with the Summerhill Boys and Girls Club. In 2018, the park at 80 Cottingham Street was renamed “Bill R. Davis Playground.” Bill continues to lead the program today.
How it all began…
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