Boys & Girls Club

Meet Connor Lantz

Middlebury Club Alumnus

Hi, I’m Connor.

Processed with VSCO with t1 presetI started going to the Boys and Girls Club in 2003, when I was seven years old.  I was a member until I was 18. As a sophomore in high school, I won the Middlebury Youth of the Year award. During my time with the club I was a part of the basketball team every year, the volleyball team, softball team, track and field team, as well as many other activities. Once I was old enough, I began working in the learning center as an Americorps volunteer where I mentored and tutored kids.

I am currently a junior at Indiana University in Bloomington, studying accounting and finance. I received a full-ride scholarship, the Jesse Cox Scholarship, based on grades and character, which the club helped me build. I have also accepted an internship with a public accounting firm, Ernst and Young, in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I hope to work full time after graduation.

The Boys and Girls Club has impacted me in a tremendous way. I have gained many lifelong relationships with the staff and members I have met along the way. I spent most of my 11 years there in the gym playing basketball or any other sport that was going on, but when I wasn’t doing that I enjoyed hanging out in the teen center or the game room. When I was younger I always looked up to the older kids, and as I grew up younger kids looked up to me, so it was nice to be able to make an impact on their lives like others did for me. When I first started as a member, our club was in a small part of a church and has now grown to a much larger building, which I am happy to see. However, no matter how much the club has changed since I started, the thing that remains the same is the staff who is always there to help and change your day for the better.

Through the many years that I was there, I learned valuable lessons that I carry with me today. I know that without the Boys and Girls Club being a part of my life I would not have the scholarship or opportunities that I have today, which I am forever grateful for.