"Nourishing all of Greenbelt's Neighborhoods"

Greenbelt Community Foundation

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The Greenbelt Community Foundation is proud to celebrate our 10th anniversary with our campaign: Explore Your Greenbelt!

The campaign will begin in April and end in October– each month we will be featuring two wonderful organizations that we have had the opportunity to support in the past.

Come see all the amazing things that the GCF has helped to make happen and celebrate our Greenbelt community.

Click here for the full schedule of events

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Explore Your Greenbelt Campaign Launch

The Greenbelt Community Foundation is proud to celebrate our 10th anniversary with our campaign: Explore Your Greenbelt!
The campaign will begin in April and end in October– each month we will be featuring two wonderful organizations that we have had the opportunity to support in the past. Come see all the amazing things that the GCF has helped to make happen and celebrate our Greenbelt community.

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Profile of a Basketball Coach, Herbert Allen

Meet Herbert Allen, basketball coach and founder of the Greenbelt Lady Angels who play open games at Springhill Lake Recreation Center, where he also works, every Thursday night at 8 p.m. This is his sixth year coaching for the Lady Angels and has over 40 years of coaching experience.

The Lady Angels were started in 2010 when a young lady came into the rec center and asked Allen if the recreation center offered basketball for women. Allen saw the potential in having a weekly women’s open basketball night for the community. He is trying to make a difference in the lives of girls by keeping them busy with basketball and hoping that they can eventually give back to their communities. He recruits players for the Lady Angels at their open basketball nights every Thursday from 8:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

Allen’s proudest accomplishment with the Lady Angels was winning the M3 Canadian Basketball League tournament, an international basketball league tournament located in Montreal, Canada. The team’s name, the Lady Angels, was thought of by Allen when signing up the team for their first tournament. Their championship banner hangs proudly in the gym of Springhill Recreation Center where it all began.

For 2016, Allen hopes to recruit more players for the Lady Angels. He plans on participating in more local tournaments in the DMV area and would appreciate support from the Greenbelt community.

In the past, the Greenbelt Community Foundation has supported the Lady Angels by giving the Lady Angels a grant allowing them to host workshops. The purpose of the workshops was to empower the youth of the community and to develop leadership skills.

The community is invited to a benefit basketball game between the Lady Angels and City Council as part of the Explore Your Greenbelt with the Greenbelt Community Foundation to celebrate its 10th anniversary. This series of 14 monthly events and activities will feature organizations, like GAC, that have received GCF funding. Everyone is invited to attend to learn about these organizations and how GCF lives out its mission of “nourishing all of Greenbelt’s neighborhoods.”

The Greenbelt News Review along with Paradyme Management, Beltway Plaza and McNamee Hosea are sponsors of this campaign. To find out more about this event and other Explore Your Greenbelt activities, visit greenbeltfoundation.net/explore.

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The Story Behind The Organization: The Greenbelt Lady Angels

By: Jimmika Robinson

Serving as a pillar in the Greenbelt community, The Lady Angels basketball team has given young women in Greenbelt an opportunity to stay productive, engage in a rewarding extracurricular activity and give back to the community. The Lady Angels Basketball Team was founded in 2010 by Herbert Allen after a young lady looking for a place to play basketball approached him. At the time, a women’s basketball team did not exist at the recreational center, but Allen recognized the opportunity and the advantages that having one in the community could have for young women.

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Why Explore Your Greenbelt?

Joe Wall helps Judith Davis and Melissa Ehrenreich learn how to use a frame to take a selfie at the GAC Open House last Friday.

Joe Wall helps Judith Davis and Melissa Ehrenreich learn how to use a frame to take a selfie at the GAC Open House last Friday.

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Attend a Free Open House at the GAC

Guest Writer: Caroline H. Fuchs

Greenbelt becomes Italy for more than two hours with “Enchanted April” at the Greenbelt Arts Center (GAC.) This story of two English housewives on a life-changing trip to Italy after WWI, “Enchanted April” illustrates how a community theater fuels the imagination of its residents. The community is invited to an open house on April 8 from 7-8 PM at the Greenbelt Arts Center.

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