Chickasaw Nation Opens New Youth Club

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Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby on Tuesday led a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new Chickasaw Youth Club at the Chickasaw Nation Ardmore Campus. The 14,600 square foot facility will be located at the corner of Locust and Harris Street NW and will be adjacent to other Chickasaw Nation programs and services.

Anoatubby said the youth club represents an investment in the future by expanding the youth club to the Ardmore area.

“Investing in the education of our youth has long been a cornerstone of the Chickasaw Nation and a driving force behind our tribe’s continued progress,” Anoatubby said. “The Chickasaw Youth Club is an investment in our youth, as well as in the future of the Chickasaw Nation. We look forward to a bright future for the Chickasaw Nation, which will benefit from the success of the children who will learn, grow and play here for many years to come.

Chickasaw Youth Clubs were established in 1998 with the goal of providing Chickasaw youth with a safe space to learn and grow. They offer after-school and summer learning programs for children ages 4-13.

Also located in Sulfur and Tishomingo, the programs offered by youth clubs aim to foster good character, promote education, and encourage healthy lifestyles and career development.

Health and nutrition education, career development, life skills, art, sports, fitness, and Chickasaw history and culture are offered.

It is also a place where students can cultivate good study habits, develop social skills, and develop leadership abilities.

The Ardmore facility will include four classrooms, a commercial kitchen and a large dining hall, which doubles as a safe. The youth club will also have a half-court basketball court and a 21,000 square foot playground.

“We hope everyone who enters this building will learn valuable lessons and make meaningful connections to their Chickasaw culture and community,” Governor Anoatubby said.

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