Leading-Edge Tech Now in the Hands of Children at the Bob & Renee Parsons Branch

Leading-edge tech now in the hands of children at the Bob & Renee Parsons Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix

The newest Cox Innovation Lab provides robotics, virtual reality, gaming and computers

(PHOENIX, Ariz., October 10, 2019)  Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP) has just unveiled the latest Cox Innovation Lab at its largest club, the Bob & Renee Parsons branch in Phoenix. Several Cox Arizona employees were on hand to cut the ribbon and start the technology flowing.

Funded through a generous grant from Cox Communications, the technology center provides members with a robotics table, a virtual reality station, an interactive gaming projector with motion sensors and new computers.

The 38th Arizona innovation lab donated by Cox, will continue an ongoing effort by the company to bridge the digital divide, for children who have no access to a computer or an internet connection.

“We know that digital literacy begins with access,” said Susan Anable, Cox Southwest Region Vice President of Public Affairs. “And, as we step into the future, it’s about engaging children with technology tools that rely on the internet like virtual reality and robotics.”

The Parsons Club, the largest in the BGCMP portfolio, serves more than 2,000 youth members annually.  More than 50 percent of the members live under the federal poverty level and many of the members’ families do not have access to the internet at home.

Cox and BGCMP have had a partnership for many years. Both are committed to supporting youth and to their academic success. BGCMP also shared in the $570,000 grants that were distributed in Arizona by Cox Charities last week.

In addition to this new Cox Innovation Lab, the company is also refreshing the Tech Center in the Tri-City West Club to add additional leading edge technology and improve the overall space.