Kane Brown helps renovate local Boys and Girls Club for Lowe’s 100 Hometowns Project
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – After months of hard work and anticipation, the East Lake Boys and Girls Club renovation is finally complete —and it’s all thanks to country music star Kane Brown and the Lowe’s 100 Hometowns project.
In celebration of Lowe’s 100th birthday, the company sponsored the 100 Hometowns Project to give back to communities.
“As a company, we thought what better way to show our appreciation to our customers and community than to come up with something like this,” says Todd Drew, Manager of Lowe’s in Hixson.
To kick off this nationwide project, Kane Brown, once an associate himself, got his hands dirty with Lowe’s to provide a much-needed renovation to the East Lake Boys and Girls Club right here in Chattanooga.
“It’s a community where all the same kids come. You can make friends here. There are so many activities to do with the basketball gym, pool, computers. You have video games. You have a library. This feels like home here now. Especially now- not like before,” says Kane Brown, Country Music Star, and Chattanooga Native.
Lowe’s repurposed dull, lifeless rooms into a new art room, computer room, library, and even a teen lounge.
“The building has way more resources than the previous building did. With the computer labs, more workers, more resources – more kids will come in and will impact more students and get them on a path to success,” says James Morgan, CEO of The Boys and Girls Club.
They even added a fresh coat of paint and new flooring to bring life back into the building.
“I feel like it’s going to make kids want to come more and go to the library now. Unlike the last time, they just went into there and had nothing to do. It’s special because we have somewhere to go and they aren’t running the streets. We have a positive place to be,” says Kori Atkins, a Boys & Girls Club participant.
As a child, Kane Brown moved from town-to-town and often bounced between family and friends’ homes, even living in a car. He says he’s all too familiar with the struggles facing some children in the Chattanooga area and is excited to support the community that had his back when he needed it most.
“I just hope they improve their lives. I hope they stay out of trouble. I hope they focus on what and who they want to be when they get older. This place will definitely help them. It feels homey. You just want to be here,” says Kane Brown.
Though this project may be complete, it was just one part of the 100 hometowns – so there are many other projects still under construction. To stay up to date on their progress, click here.