Tipperary Hill Community Center opens its doors and sets programming and expansion goals

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A vinyl banner naming the new Tipperary Hill Community Centre, along with a collection of blue and green balloons, adorned the old Boys and girls club on the west side of Syracuse Wednesday morning.

The grand opening event celebrated the new center at 201 Hamilton Street, which community members Nicole and Travis Doty now own. The center has been primarily an athletics facility for the past few years, but Nicole Doty said she envisions it being a safe space with broader youth and adult programming and resources .

Nicole Doty said that because she grew up playing and coaching sports, and because her children played basketball through the organization, the decision to invest in the purchase and development of the old Boys and Girls Club was natural.

“Every time we’ve been here we’ve noticed it just isn’t being used enough,” said Nicole Doty, chief executive of the new center. “Gyms were used, but there were classrooms and there was so much more to the building and the area that we could really use.”



There are a number of sports programs currently running at the center – such as ED23Hoopsa basketball training program founded and directed by former Syracuse University basketball players Eric Devendorf and Mookie Jones — but Nicole Doty said she wanted to expand to offer more academic resources and programs given the center’s proximity to schools in the Syracuse City School District.

She said she and Travis Doty hope to create dedicated spaces for music, arts and drama, as well as a computer lab for tutoring and homework help. She added that she hopes there will be space in the center to provide hot meals for people in need of food and that buses can take young people to sporting events and university campus tours from the bus stop across the street.

THCC will operate under guiding principles to help young people in Syracuse become the best versions of themselves, according to a press release. Syracuse has the highest child poverty rate US cities with a population of at least 100,000, according to 2020 US Census Bureau data, with a poverty rate of 48.4% for children under 18.

“By teaching (young people) our core values ​​of equality, diversity, perseverance, teamwork and trust, the hope of the THCC team is to help them become leaders and contributors positive to our community,” the press release read.

Photo courtesy of Tipperary Hill Community Center

Travis Doty said they have a five-phase plan that includes creating four additional nearby locations. Nicole Doty said she recognizes the community’s demand for increased activity space and plans to renovate another property at 210 Hamilton St. that she has already purchased.

“We believe that acquiring this building and rehabilitating it will give us more space that we need to be able to offer the services that we plan to offer,” said Travis Doty.

Nicole and Travis Doty said their “Re-imagining the Westside: Commitment to Community” campaign aims to raise $2 million to complete improvements they hope to make to THCC properties.

Nicole Doty said she hoped THCC would gain local partners in the fundraising process from community organizations. She said a group like the Central New York Food Bank could provide food to the center.

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“We know the key to running a community center in a place like this is being able to partner and work with the whole community,” Nicole Doty said. “We can’t do it alone.”

The Dotys joined community members in cutting a ceremonial green ribbon at the end of the ceremony to mark the opening of the center.

“Today is a great day for the start of our community center, but I think it’s an even better day for a lot of young people and people that I believe this place will have the opportunity to make an impact” , said Travis Doty.

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