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New home for Friars' Club in Cincinnati
CINCINNATI (Brad Underwood) -- The Friars Club has been serving the needs of Cincinnati children for more than 150 years.
For the last 8 years, they've done it without a home, but that's about to change.
In 2006, the Friars had to close its building in Clifton because it was old and outdated. Since then, at any one time, they've been using space at about eight different locations.
Now, they've got a centrally located home for hundreds of kids who need them.
Jasmine and Micah Eubanks are just two of the more than 700 kids that use services the Friars provided this past year.
"I like it because it's down the street from our house," Micha said. "We can get here in two, five minutes, and I like the color of it. "
The state-of-the-art facility features a library, a learning center for after school activities, plus a massive gym with four basketball and volleyball courts.
Jasmine, 13, has been shooting hoops for the Friars since she was in kindergarten.
"I like it because it's bigger, the other gyms are all small," Jasmine said.
Friars Executive Director Annie Timmons has been through the tough times of not having a permanent place for the kids to call home.
"We took the last eight years, begging, borrowing, renting facilities," Timmons said. "Now we have our own and we hope this becomes a safe haven for kids all over the facility. "
And in the new building, they even named the court after Timmons.
"Well you might need to pinch me to tell me it's real. It feels wonderful and I think the kids will love it," she said.
Built next to Roger Bacon High school, the Friars will share the building with the school.
The Spartans now have a brand new weight room with the same equipment found in NFL locker rooms.
"We share the same desire to work with kids, so I think it's going to a fantastic partnership."
A partnership that will continue to put smiles on the faces of kids like Jasmine and Micah.
The new building in St. Bernard will not only continue to host current activities and sports offered but it also opens up the Friars to new services.
They'll be hosting more tournaments, camps ,training sessions and even renting out the facility for AAU type tournaments.
There's a dedication for the new facility on Monday and the grand opening is September 6th, 2014.
Everyone is invited. There will be food, prizes and of course, basketball.
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