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Sterling Community Center

Amenities: Athletic Fields, Basketball, Community Center, Fitness Room, Gym, Playground, Tennis

113 Minus Street, Greenville, SC 29601 (off Dunbar St. near St. Francis Hospital)

864-235-4026

Many Thanks to our partners: Fourth Presbyterian Church, Sterling Alumni Association, Christ Church, YMCA,  and St. Francis Hospital. .

Sterling serves the community by offering a year round menu of activities for all ages including:

  • After-School Programming
  • Summer Day Camp
  • Senior Citizen Activities
  • Community Enrichment Programs
  • Seasonal Events for All Ages
  • Athletics
  • Fitness Room

Rentals: Sterling is a great place to host a birthday party, wedding, shower, reunions, basketball tournaments, etc. Call 864-235-4026 to make your reservation. GCPRT Reservations Guidelines and Rules

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Fitness Center: Fitness Center hours are 8:30am – 1:00pm & 5:00pm – 8:00pm.  Cost: $10.00

Odessa Street Garden

The Odessa Street Community Garden, located at 106 Odessa Street in the Sterling Community, serves the residents and friends of this historic Greenville neighborhood. The garden is maintained by Seniors on the Go, the adult resource program of the Rec District that is housed at nearby Sterling Community Center. All area residents are invited to participate in seasonal plantings, cultivation, and and harvesting. The garden was launched in 2010 by Ms. Peggy Baxter who grew up on Odessa Street . The Rec District agreed to partner with Ms. Baxter, Bon Secours Health Systems, The Greater Greenville Master Gardners, Long Branch Baptist Church, and Trees Greenville to actually create the garden space and help maintain it. The Odessa Street Garden has become a gathering place where neighbors can renew friendships, enjoy the outdoors, and harvest fresh food for their tables. .

After-School Programs

This program offers supervised structured activities featuring “The TORCH” Program (Teaching our Remarkable Children Holistically) that provides tutoring and homework assistance for elementary age students. In addition after school participants may participate in: Partners & Pals, Greenville County Library Story Time, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, The Social-ettes and Social-ites, mentoring by the Phoenix Center, The Huddle, Jr. Leader Program, and programs offered by Greenville Organic Food Organization. An After-School Program, “The Huddle”, for middle school students combines education and recreation and features a computer lab, We Teach, Basic Family Life Skills and various other programs. Many thanks to Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital and Fourth Presbyterian Church for their sponsorship of “The TORCH”. Thanks also to the many volunteers from Fourth Presbyterian Church, Christ Church, and Furman University. The After-School program is now operated by the YMCA.  For more information please contact Leonard Fields 864-382-2293. .

Summer Day Camps

The summer day camp program is now operated by the YMCA.  For more information please call 864-382-2293.

Senior Citizen Programs

Senior Action of Greenville, St. Francis Hospital, and Greenville Rec provide congregate dining and programs for senior adults Monday – Friday.  Activities include arthritis exercise classes, Bible study, crafts, mental Mondays, healthy Tuesdays, field trips, daily lunches and much more.

Athletics

Football: Signups are in June Basketball Clinics & Leagues for ages 6-14 Youth Basketball League for ages 8 – 14 Weight Room Available Adult Basketball League Tennis

Community Partners

Sterling is thankful to have partners like: Fourth Presbyterian Church Christ Church Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital Sterling Alumni Association Furman University Hands on Greenville Bob Jones University United Way YMCA .

  • Community Meetings held second Thursday of each month at 6 pm
  • Sterling Outreach: Third Saturday of each month from 3:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Men’s Basketball League: Monday & Wednesday – $250 per team
  • Men’s Luncheon: Last Wednesday of each Month – 11:00am
  • Ladies Night Out:  3rd Tuesday of each Monthy – 6:00pm – 8:00pm

The history behind Sterling Community Center began in 1967 when Sterling High School, a highly regarded African American high school in the State, burned down leaving only the gym and a small music building remaining. A year later both the Sterling Community Club, Inc. and the Greenville County Recreation District were formed. The organizations agreed to partner and create a community center in the old gym with Roscoe Sadler at the helm. It was dedicated on July 12, 1970. Mr. Sadler developed a comprehensive sports organization at the center, an adult program, a summer lunch program that fed 200-300 daily, and much more. Its basketball program became one of the fastest growing leagues in the state. Since that time many physical improvements have been made to the building and its campus.  In 2009 a new addition was built to provide meeting and activity space for the growing senior program and after school program.  The campus has been designated as a historic site by the Greenville County Historic Preservation Commission. .

Sylvia Vandross has worked with Greenville County Rec for 20 years. Sylvia worked at Mt. Pleasant as assistant for 10 years before coming to Sterling as assistant in 1996. She became the Sterling Center Manager in 2008.