On Wednesday, in conjunction with Seattle Sounders FC and Sound Wave, MLS WORKS unveiled brand new renovations to the music room of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue Teen Center.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue was founded in 1952 with one clubhouse in downtown Bellevue. Since its inception the Club has provided the young people of their community with something they need and want most: a safe environment where adults respect and listen to them; a place where they can have fun.
Currently, the Club operates 11 sites within the City of Bellevue including 6 Clubhouses, 3 sites in elementary schools and 2 dedicated Teen Centers.
One of the Teen Centers (a.k.a "The Club") is home to a music room that before Wednesday lacked proper soundproofing and equipment. As local teen bands perfected their sound it was difficult for other Club members to participate in alternate programming in the Club. For two years, Boys & Girls Clubs staff members pleaded with the Club's leadership for a solution to the issue.
Enter longtime partner, Seattle Sounders FC. When the Sounders, who two years ago dedicated a new computer lab to the Club, heard about the issue they vowed to assist. And what better time to do so than leading up to the start of the 2014 MLS regular season.
As they prepare for their match on Saturday against Sporting Kansas City, midfielders Brad Evans, Andy Rose and forward Lamar Neagle reinforced their club's committment to the Greater Seattle area by surprising the Bellevue youth with the newly renovated music room.
The day began with an inspiring performance by Sound Wave, the official band of Seattle Sounders FC. Following the unveiling of the Club's new music studio which will allow local youth to develop and advance their musical talents, the players stuck around to sign autographs and have a jam session with Sound Wave and one of the club's teen bands.