Mel Blount Youth Home

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Mel Blount Youth Home
Mel Blount Youth Home logo.gif
Founded 1990
Founder Mel Blount
Type Public charity[1]
Location
Area served Western Pennsylvania
Key people Mel Blount
Website www.mbyh.org
The founder, 4-time Super Bowl champion and Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Mel Blount.

The Mel Blount Youth Home is a youth home for boys located in Buffalo Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania. It is located on 246 acres of farmland near Claysville, Pennsylvania, in Buffalo Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania.[2] Students attend nearby McGuffey School District.[3] Blount hosts an annual All Star Celebrity Roast, featuring many of his former Pittsburgh Steelers teammates, as a fundraiser.[4]

Blount experienced a difficult process in securing zoning approval from the Buffalo Township Supervisors.[5] Opponents of Blount's plan claimed that the boys posed a threat to the community.[2] The opposition centered on a "Concerned Citizens" group and the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.[5] Incidents began with flyers being circulated, eventually growing to shots being fired into the home the day before Blount's 1989 induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[6] During his induction speech, he specifically cited the racist attitudes of some in the community and Buffalo Township Supervisors.[6] Later, 2 men from Claysville were arrested in connection to the shooting.[6] While the zoning application was pending, the Klan announced that they would be holding a "standard rally" in protest, including a cross burning, dryly described as a "cross-lighting ceremony."[5] A Township Supervisor said that the Klansmen did not represent the community, and that they had come from outside of the community.[5] The announcement spurred local labor groups, NAACP, and State Representative Leo Trich to hold counter-protest.[7] In the end, the youth home was completed in early 1990.[3]

During the 1990s, questions arose about the use of corporal punishment at the youth home, leading to an investigation by Allegheny County, Pennsylvania officials.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mel Blount Youth Home of Pennsylvania" (Database Search for EIN 25-1585859). Exempt Organizations Select Check. Internal Revenue Service. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Bouchette, Ed (August 8, 1989). "Blount Home Mixes Hope, Controversy". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b MacBeth, Andrew (Feb 18, 1990). "Mel Blount Youth Home Nears Completion". Observer-Reporter. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  4. ^ Sheridan, Patricia (June 2, 2003). "Mel Blount's All Star Celebrity Roast". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d Steigerwald, Bill (September 29, 1989). "Klan Slates Rally to Protest Blount Youth Home". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c Guydon, Lynda (August 8, 1989). "Blount Says Racism Blocks Youth Home". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ Templeton, David (November 22, 1989). "Klan Opposition to Blount Youth Home Inspires Rally". The Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Delinquent Care". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Apr 10, 1993. Retrieved January 16, 2012.