The annual Duck Race is always a successful fundraiser to support programs for kids at Boys & Girls Clubs.
On the 4th of July, Russell Biven will be in the water at World's Fair Park to pull ducks out of the water.
Of course, they will be rubber ducks, each one adopted for the day. The winning duck owner will take away $10,000.
The rest of the money supports the Boys & Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley.
At the Halls / Powell Boys and Girls Club it's easy to pick out Max Tsetsakis. Nobody else wears a bow tie.
"No. If they are then they're jacking my style," the 10 year old said. "I just love suspenders and bow ties because I watch Dr. Who. I just started to get into that."
The kids get a chance to get in to a lot of activities and even go on field trips.
Max's favorite so far is roller skating.
"I just go a little too fast and sometimes I just go whoop and just fall," he said.
They can explore programs on computers or engage in a complicated card came or take a quiet moment to read.
Boys and Girls Club President Lisa Hurst said, "We want to make sure that every single one of our kids graduates from high school with a game plan for post-secondary education but the way we do that is a little tricky. We do science experiments and all the hands on things that you loved to do when you were in school those are the kinds things we try to do in the Boys and Girls Clubs."
She said measuring in cooking class helps them learn fractions. A group of girls playing a balancing game are subtly learning lessons in geometry and gravity.
It's made possible in part by donations from companies, foundations, and individuals. The annual Duck Race is always a successful fundraiser to support programs for these kids.
"We live in an amazing community and they truly support the Boys and Girls Club," she said.
The mission of the Boys and Girls Club is to inspire young people to be the best that they can be.
"We want to make sure that every child in our community maximizes their full potential," she said.
It's working for Max.
"I either want to be a nuclear scientist or a game developer," he said.
If that doesn't work out perhaps he could be the official spokesperson for Boys and Girls Club.
"I just like all the educational programs and the staff members and just hanging out with my friends and playing with them and having fun," he said.
You can go ahead and adopt a duck for five dollars online or at Pilot. Ducks are also available the morning of the race.