Since 1939, the Jesse P. Sanford Boys & Girls Club of Redding-Easton has served tens of thousands of children in rewarding sports, recreation, social, and educational programs.
Jesse P. Sanford, a former judge, Redding First Selectman and community leader, founded the Club in 1939 for the purpose of providing safe, supervised recreation for the children of Redding. Incorporated as a tax-exempt, non-profit organization in the 1940s, the Club acquired approximately eight acres of open fields on Cross Highway near Black Rock Turnpike, where sports activities have been held since the early 1900s. Responding to increasing needs in the 1950's, the Club built a Clubhouse that stood until destroyed by fire in 1996. In 2003, completely new facilities were opened, including a barn which houses an office, snack bar, and equipment storage, and a pavilion with picnic tables -- a great place to watch a game, or stay out of the sun or rain.
In the past 5 years we have grown to include eight different sports programs (just a few years ago, the number was three). We’ve also added several Boys and Girls Club community programs, and many annual special events such as our Civic Day, Photo Contest, Youth of the Year and the Spelling Bee. Of particular note is our Keystone Club, a Boys and Girls Club leadership and service program for high-school teens. Keystone Club members elect their own officers, select, plan, organize and run their own community service projects.
We now serve over 1000 youth year-round; 400 in baseball & softball... more than 375 in lacrosse... more than 85 in travel basketball... 70 in field hockey... and 150 in our newer programs that include volleyball, tennis, wrestling, and community programs.
In 2011, our Board of Directors made a conscious decision to include our neighboring town Easton into the official name "Boys & Girls Club of Redding-Easton". Our new name reflects the fact that the Boys & Girls Club- a familiar institution for more than 70 years- proudly serves both Redding and Easton with a wide range of sports and community programs for the kids from kindergarten through high school, In fact, approximately one-third of the kids in our programs come from Easton.