2700 W. 19th Avenue
Gary, In 46404
(219) 885-5501

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
Summer Program Hours 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Summer Day Camp Hours 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

   Gary John Will Anderson


 About Gary John Will Anderson Club

The City of Gary is where it all began fifty years ago through a vision of a “positive place” for young men to go to engage in worthwhile and productive activities.


Prominent people such as Paul Guist, Sid Holub, Robert Salvaggi, Uno Larson and Bill Messics made such a vision become a reality.  Their efforts led to the incorporation of the Steel City Boys’ Clubs of Gary, Indiana on August 17, 1954.  Edwin Van Billiard of Boys’ Clubs of America presented these individuals with an official charter in 1955.


 In the beginning, the Club operated in Beveridge School in Tolleston and, in 1956, another Club was opened in Webster School in Glen Park and was known as the Glen Park Boys Club.


In 1958, yet another Club was opened in the Tri-City Housing project and the Glen Park Club moved to the Basement of the Assyrian Church.


In 1965, these three Clubs were merged together when Mr. John W. Anderson purchased the old Moose Lodge at 7th and Adams and donated this facility to the Boys’ Clubs.  The Club, changing its name to the John Will Anderson Boys Club and complete with a bowling alley, operated in this facility for many years until 1976 when the Club moved to the former YMCA at 225 West 5th Avenue where it remains today – now with a swimming pool instead of a bowling alley.


In 2000, the John Will Anderson Club received a $1.3 million facelift, which included renovation of the pool, expansion of the teen center, installation of windows in classrooms, new efficient heating and air conditioning units, as well as new paint, carpet and furniture.  The overhaul updated the building making it more child-friendly

Gary John Will Anderson news

21st September 2014
2014 Fashion Explosion! JWA-Gary Club!

  Get your tickets for the 2014 Fashion Explosion! On Sunday, September 21 Fashion Coordinator.........


Gary John Will Anderson Events

21st September 2014
2014 Fashion Show Explosion!

Join us on Sunday, September 21 at the Genesis Convention Center for our 2014 Fashion Show Explosion. All proceeds benefit the John Will Anderson-Gary Club!

31st July 2014
Great Futures Launch!

The Boys & Girls Clubs Movement is coming together to launch a historical moment in the organization. On July 31st, at Grand Central Station in New York, Boys & Girls Clubs of America will issue a national call-to-action on the challenges facing our kids and draw national attention to the critical importance of the out-of-school time hours.


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