Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Texas Announce 3D Printing Program to Help Disabled Children


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LAKE DALLAS, TexasApril 5, 2016PRLog — The Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Texas announced today that they have launched a new 3D printing program titled “Helping Hands from Helping Kids”. Club members will be learning how to print 3D prosthetic hands for disabled children. The 3D hands will be provided free of charge for the recipient.

“We are thrilled about the opportunity for our club members to learn a new skill with 3D printing and apply that to helping give back to the community,” Rick Troutman President said. “The cutting edge technology of 3D printing is very exciting. Incorporating it with helping our club members learn a new skill that they can take with them as they proceed through their education is a huge added benefit of being a member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Texas,” Troutman stated.

According to Troutman, over 1,500 children are born each year in the United States that have congenital birth defects and may require a prosthetic hand. Unfortunately, Troutman commented, that many families can’t afford a prosthetic hand because of the expense and children need a new prosthesis approximately every two years. The cost of a basic 3D prosthetic hand is less than $100.00 and will be provided free for those individuals that meet the necessary hand requirements. Individuals interested in learning about the program can visit their website at www.BGC3D.org.

“One of our missions at the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Texas is to help local youth club members build better character. I can see no better way than teaching kids the importance of giving back to society,” Troutman stated. Additionally, Troutman stated that he wants all four club locations to have a 3D printer available for the club members to use. University of North Texas students that are familiar with 3D printing will be assisting with teaching the kids how to use the machines as well as local experts and mentors.

“Imagine a nine year old club member having the opportunity to have such a huge positive change on a disabled child and learn a skill at the same time. That is a big win-win for all those involved,” stated Troutman.

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Texas

The Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Texas is a non-profit 501(c) 3 charitable organization headquartered in Lake Dallas, Texas with additional locations in Denton, Little Elm and Lewisville, Texas. The Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Texas is a chartered member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and provides services to local youth to ensure they have the resources and opportunities available to become the best they can be. The Club has been providing daily education, recreational, social and cultural enrichment programs and activities for its members since 1992. Their mission is promoting education, positive choices and health for youth with the purpose of prevention and support to kids in need.

Contact:

Shay Powell
940-239-9309

LAKE DALLAS, TexasApril 5, 2016PRLog — The Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Texas announced today that they have launched a new 3D printing program titled “Helping Hands from Helping Kids”. Club members will be learning how to print 3D prosthetic hands for disabled children. The 3D hands will be provided free of charge for the recipient.

“We are thrilled about the opportunity for our club members to learn a new skill with 3D printing and apply that to helping give back to the community,” Rick Troutman President said. “The cutting edge technology of 3D printing is very exciting. Incorporating it with helping our club members learn a new skill that they can take with them as they proceed through their education is a huge added benefit of being a member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Texas,” Troutman stated.

According to Troutman, over 1,500 children are born each year in the United States that have congenital birth defects and may require a prosthetic hand. Unfortunately, Troutman commented, that many families can’t afford a prosthetic hand because of the expense and children need a new prosthesis approximately every two years. The cost of a basic 3D prosthetic hand is less than $100.00 and will be provided free for those individuals that meet the necessary hand requirements. Individuals interested in learning about the program can visit their website at www.BGC3D.org.

“One of our missions at the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Texas is to help local youth club members build better character. I can see no better way than teaching kids the importance of giving back to society,” Troutman stated. Additionally, Troutman stated that he wants all four club locations to have a 3D printer available for the club members to use. University of North Texas students that are familiar with 3D printing will be assisting with teaching the kids how to use the machines as well as local experts and mentors.

“Imagine a nine year old club member having the opportunity to have such a huge positive change on a disabled child and learn a skill at the same time. That is a big win-win for all those involved,” stated Troutman.

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Texas

The Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Texas is a non-profit 501(c) 3 charitable organization headquartered in Lake Dallas, Texas with additional locations in Denton, Little Elm and Lewisville, Texas. The Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Texas is a chartered member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and provides services to local youth to ensure they have the resources and opportunities available to become the best they can be. The Club has been providing daily education, recreational, social and cultural enrichment programs and activities for its members since 1992. Their mission is promoting education, positive choices and health for youth with the purpose of prevention and support to kids in need.

Contact:

Shay Powell
940-239-9309

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