At the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, kids run in and out of rooms, play games and chat with each another. It takes special skills to handle the high-energy atmosphere and luckily, Sukie McFadden knows the ropes.
"The most enjoyable time is the start of the day when the kids come in," said McFadden, assistant executive director at the Boys & Girls Club. "It's nice to know they can come into our facility, and they're going to be greeted with a smile and welcoming arms. . . . They're just so exuberant and excited and happy to be here."
Originally from Maine, McFadden began working there as the aquatics director straight out of college in 1986 and has never left.
"I only anticipated staying for three months because I had been accepted to graduate school," she said. "But I got a call back for the job, and I'm still here today."
McFadden, who said she grew up in a Boys & Girls Club, has become just like the role models she had when she was young.
"I just think Sukie is amazing," said Treasure Pray, 14 of Greenwich. "She's never mean or grumpy; she always has a smile on her face, and she's energetic."
McFadden, who lives in Stamford, oversees club programs, full-time staff, program development and revenue-based programs and helps in the finance office as well. But even with all those responsibilities, she's never distracted from the true goal: helping the kids.
"It's very challenging sometimes when you come upon a situation that a child is having a difficult time with school or with their family," McFadden said. "The positive part of that is we're able to connect that child or that family with a resource that will help them get through."
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