Our History

 Our History 

1989   On February 13, 1989, we opened our first branch under the umbrella of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley (Knoxville) in the old Broady Hospital Building.

1993    On July 12, 1993, after three and a half years since the first Branch was opened in Sevierville, the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains became its own organization.

1998   On June 22, 1998, we opened the doors to a new 15,000 square foot Sevierville Branch. On September 28, 1998 we opened our second Branch in Pigeon Forge inside Pigeon Forge High School.                                                                                     

2000   In July the Pigeon Forge Branch moved into a larger space provided by the City of Pigeon Forge which allowed us to serve more members.

2003  On December 8, 2003 we opened two new Branches in different parts of the county.The Gatlinburg Branch was given 2,300 square feet of designated space on the third floor of the First United Methodist Church to use, and the Sevier County School Board leased 2,400 square feet to us in the old Underwood School for the Kodak Branch, where we continue to share the building with the Head Start Program.

2007  November 15, 2007, we opened the Seymour Branch located inside the Seymour Heights Christian Church. With the addition to the Seymour Branch organization was now able to serve all areas of Sevier County. 

2008  On January 22, 2008, the Gatlinburg Branch - Jim & June Gerding Campus was dedicated, with the doors opening one week later to a beautiful  building conveniently located in the Gatlinburg-Pittman High School Complex.

2016  On August 18, 2016 we opened the doors to a new Pigeon Forge Branch which is 17,000 square feet and allows us to serve more youth in the  Pigeon Forge community. 

Today For more than 25 years, thousands of children have benefited from the guidance they receive at the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains.  Through nationally designed and tested programs customized at the local level, we lead the way in youth development in our  community. Our Boys & Girls Club provides a safe, positive place for youth to learn and grow; ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals; life enhancing programs; character developing experiences; hope and opportunity; and most of all, FUN!

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