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Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson
2585 E. 36 St.
5901 E. Santa Clara Ave.
1375 N. El Rio Drive

STAFF PICK: Give us your tired, your latchkey, your teenage kids longing to do more with their afternoons than watch Ricki Lake. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson have it all. For a truly nominal fee (as little as $1 per quarter), a kid has access to the clubhouse six days a week. Each branch has a gym, a game room, arts and crafts activities, a computer room, and a library. Each day after school, more than 150 kids gather at these clubhouses to hang out, play some ball, and do their homework. The latter activity is given top priority, and kids who complete their work get first shot at the Club's other attractions. At the Steve Daru Branch, members of a local adult basketball league (including doctors, lawyers and engineers) volunteer their time helping the kids with their homework and then with their jump shots. (They're generally better with the former than with the latter, which is probably as it should be.) The Boys & Girls Clubs are great, safe, fun places to be. They're a boon to our community, and a ready answer for the kid whose mantra is, "And do what...?"

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