WINSTON-SALEM, NC (January 16, 2014) – The Jim and Cheryl Caldwell Foundation, Chris Paul’s CP3 Foundation and The Salvation Army proudly announce the dedication and grand opening of a new computer lab and learning center called the “Project Phoenix Learning Center” at The Salvation Army International Boys & Girls Club.
A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at The Salvation Army International Boys & Girls Club, located at 2850 New Walkertown Road in Winston-Salem, on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 8:00am. Jim Caldwell, the newly hired Head Coach of the Detroit Lions and former Head Coach of the Indianapolis Colts and Wake Forest University along with his wife, Cheryl Caldwell, co-founder of the foundation, will be at the ceremony. Chris Paul, of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, and his family will also be attending the ceremony.
This will mark the fifth “Project Phoenix Learning Center” the Caldwell Foundation has started in the United States and the second in North Carolina. The learning center includes 16 new computers with Promethean ActivBoards, ActivSlate, ActivExpressions, a network printer, internet accessibility and specialized interactive instructional software.
“While growing up in Beloit, Wisconsin, I spent many days at the local Boys Club learning valuable life lessons and sound practical principles that have benefitted me to this day,” said Jim Caldwell. “I saw firsthand how community centers prepared their youth with the tools necessary to build a thriving future. Now, in the 21st century, we look to provide technological learning tools that will help close the achievement gap, especially in underserved communities.”
“We are blessed to have such a high caliber learning center for our Boys and Girls Club Members,” said Major James Allison, Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Winston-Salem.
"I am honored to join the Jim and Cheryl Caldwell Foundation as we open this 21st century learning center at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club," said Chris Paul. "Providing an enriching educational environment for these young people will help to give them an opportunity to thrive."
The Jim and Cheryl Caldwell Foundation seeks to enhance selected community centers by creating 21st century learning centers for children in underserved communities. The collaboration with local community centers serves as a natural bridge between school and home. “Project Phoenix Learning Centers” offer a positive environment of educational hardware and software that is supplemental to student learning.
Chris Paul’s CP3 Foundation strives to impact the communities it serves by using its resources and passion for philanthropy to enhance and promote education, health, sports and social responsibility for youth and families. The CP3 Foundation has contributed to the communities where Paul has lived and worked including Winston-Salem, New Orleans, Oklahoma City and Los Angeles.
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs offer a positive and safe place for kids at two locations in Winston-Salem. The Clubs provide quality after-school and summer programs designed to enable all young people, especially those most in need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The International Boys & Girls Club has a 5,000 square foot multi-purpose facility with a gym and play area. The Ken Carlson Boys & Girls Club, located on Reynolds Park Road, is home to Winston-Salem’s first “Project Phoenix Learning Center”. Club programs focus on enhancing social skills, providing opportunities to build character and improve academic success.