The Southern Maryland H.E.A.T Athletic Program, Inc. was born out of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maryland (BGCSM).
Unbeknownst to many, Charles County, Maryland was once the home of a BGCSM unit. From after-school and evening programs to summer camps, the BGCSM Charles County unit served more than 500 children from low-income families or have a disadvantaged background in just three short years.
Located in areas of need such as Lancaster (Barnhart Elementary School), Wakefield ( Wakefield Recreation Center), and Pheonix Run in La Plata, the program focused tutoring, leadership development. recreation and athletics by implementing programs such as the Torch Club, peer groups and a gang and violence prevention program, flag football, dance and basketball.
Unfortunately, in 2009, the BGCSM Charles County unit was closed due to funding. Parents and players of the club basketball team, which was called the Southern Maryland Heat wanted to continue the program.
The club Director, Simeon Russell, secured insurance and practice facilities. The coaches, Derico Prout and Eric Tomlinson continued to coach and focus on youth development, using basketball as a tool to teach lessons.
Today, Simeon and Derico continue to lead the organization.
BUILDING LEADERS THROUGH ATHLETICS