[Oklahoma City, OK] – September 2023 – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County’s Memorial Park Club unveiled new tools and technology at its technology-filled Innovation Lab thanks to a $20,000 grant from Cox Communications during a ceremony held at the Memorial Park Club on Thursday, Sept. 28.
The Cox Innovation Labs are the cornerstone of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Club Tech program, which provides students access to curriculum to advance their computer literacy skills. These Innovation Labs also help bridge the digital divide for children without access to a computer or internet connection at home.
“We are incredibly grateful for Cox Communication’s continued support of the Innovation Lab at our Memorial Park Club,” said Teena Belcik, Boys & Girls Clubs’ President & CEO. “Because of their generosity, our youth are able to have access to high-quality STEM programs and equipment and explore their unique interests.”
The Cox Innovation Lab gives youth enrolled in the Boys & Girls Clubs the freedom to explore their interest in STEM through new and innovative technology. The lab features computers, VR headsets, 3D printers, e-gaming, drones, Wifi and internet services provided by Cox.
“We’re committed to supporting STEM opportunities for youth so they can stay connected, live, learn and pursue careers in our increasingly digital world,” said Bonnie Lopez, Oklahoma City Market Vice President for Cox Communications. “Cox Innovation Labs allow students to access exciting tools to advance their tech-literacy skills and explore unknown possibilities.”
In addition to the Innovation Lab grant, Cox has made great strides in expanding broadband access in Oklahoma.
Through community partnerships with organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs, Connect2Compete (C2C) and other internet affordability options, Cox is moving the needle on bridging the digital divide for families and students across the U.S.