2017-08-03 / Around Town

Cox Communications Gives 100K to R.I. Boys and Girls Clubs

Broadband and entertainment behemoth Cox Communications spent Aug. 2 touring Rhode Island cutting ribbons for their new Cox Technology Centers and celebrating a $100,000 technology investment from its James M. Cox Foundation to four Boys and Girls Clubs around the state.

The clubs, in turn, used the funding to enhance their digital footprint and to reinvest in the future by purchasing technology in the way of laptops, 3D printers, cameras, tablets and iPads, among other devices.

The $100,000 was divided evenly among four Boys and Girls Clubs located in Woonsocket, Cumberland, Providence and Newport. State and city dignitaries in attendance for the day’s final stop at the ribbon cutting ceremony in Newport included Rhode Island Rep. Marvin Abney, Newport City Councillor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano, and Newport Mayor Henry Winthrop.

A number of speakers took to the podium to give addresses, including Mayor Winthrop, Joe Pratt, who is the executive director and CEO for the Boy and Girls Clubs of Newport County, and representatives of Cox Communications.

“This center will be used well,” said Mark Bowser, executive vice president and chief financial officer for Cox. “It will provide equal access [to technology] to kids who might not have access at home, and will prepare them for the tech jobs of the future.” – Joseph T. O’ Connor

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