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Ivanhoe Boys & Girls Club dedicates sports field to Bob Felts. Sr.

Ivanhoe Boys & Girls Club dedicates sports field to Bob Felts. Sr.

Ivanhoe sports field’s grand opening will be a dedication to Bob Felts Sr. who established the first youth center in Ivanhoe

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IVANHOE – The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sequoias will be celebrating the grand opening of their brand-new sports field located at the ​Ivanhoe Boys & Girls Club​ tomorrow,  Thursday, Nov. 15. The sports field has been named in honor of Bob Felts Sr., who dedicated his life to community service and established the first youth center in Ivanhoe.

Bob Felts Sr. was born in North Carolina and attended Duke University School of Law. He moved  to California with his wife, Pat Felts, where he passed the Bar Exam and began his work as an  attorney. However, his true life passion was serving his community. Along with the help of Pat  Felts and daughter-in-law Cindy Felts, Bob Felts successfully established the Ivanhoe Youth  Center in 1999. Felts served as director of the Youth Center and donated his legal services to the  community as needed. When Felts developed Parkinson’s, he realized that he could no longer  hold his position as director. He came into communication with Dr. Sid Frank, who facilitated the  transfer of the Ivanhoe Youth Center to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sequoias.

Since then, the ​Ivanhoe Boys & Girls Club​ has moved from the Presbyterian Church into a new  building on 15892 Azalea Ave. After much community effort and construction, the empty lot and  road in front of the Ivanhoe Club has been converted into a sports field.

Dustin Stewart, Second Vice President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sequoias and lead on the  project, views the sports field as “a new beginning” for the Ivanhoe community. Stewart helped  gain the support of Tulare County in the construction of the field and particularly in the  elimination of the road originally in front of the club. Elva Solano, Site Director of the Ivanhoe  Club, and her club kids canvassed the neighborhood to gain approval for the field. Thanks to  many supportive community members, this project has received the necessary funding; now the  community has a spacious, green area to call their own. Stewart says, “There’s always a way to  give, it’s limitless. Whatever your God-given gift is, share that with people.”

“I think the people of Ivanhoe will really enjoy having a place to meet and celebrate,” says Pat  Felts. Cindy Felts explains, “Before Bob had a vision of the youth center, there really wasn’t much for the kids in Ivanhoe outside of the school. Bob brought that to the community, and the Boys & Girls Clubs has been able to extend that.”

The event will be held on​ Nov. 15 at the ​​Ivanhoe Boys & Girls Club​​ from 4 to 6 p.m.​​ A video showcasing the sports field will be released this month—follow Boys & Girls Clubs of the  Sequoias on Facebook to watch the video when it premieres:​ facebook.com/bgcsequoias.

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