“The Spot” began in the summer of 2010. A group of youth from Blaine County came together with the Oklahoma Bridge to Independence to create “The Spot,” a recreational meeting place for the youth of Watonga and the surrounding areas. They wanted a center that would highlight overall health and wellness for youth, a place of positivity. The organizing youth decided they would call themselves The Spotters.
The idea grew from the concept of “spotting” someone while they are lifting weights. Step by step and month after month, the Spotters have built the vision of “The Spot.” The Spotters have chosen every paint color for every room and have even come in on weekends to paint. They have selected furniture and have many ideas for how to make “The Spot” a positive youth center. The Spotters envisioned the main room to be a welcoming place for youth to interact. Our resource room is equipped with computers so that we may offer educational opportunities as well as tutoring. The Spot is equipped with a fitness room to help with physical health and self-esteem. All of the fitness equipment has been donated by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. The dining area also serves as a game room that includes a foosball table, pool table and air hockey table.
We have a full kitchen area where we offer workshops and food demonstrations as well as provide healthy snacks for the youth during operational hours. There is also an area for washing and drying clothes. In the coming years, The Spotters and The Spot will need help to make this dream into the best reality it can be. There are many ways to become a supporter of The Spot. People in the community are already volunteering to help by offering their talents to provide special workshops, to provide entertainment, or to teach and cook meals with the youth. The possibilities are endless and so are the benefits.