Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County began its journey as the McKinney Boys Club in October of 1968 when Mr. Henry L. Shoap organized the Clubs. On April 1, 1969 the doors finally opened in McKinney. By April 21st, it was incorporated into the Boys Clubs of McKinney, Texas, Inc. Its first United Way funding arrived in 1970. Ten years later, girls were admitted to the organization but it took another 7 years for the Club to change its name to Boys & Girls Clubs of McKinney, Inc. It didn’t take long to catch on that the Club was “the place to be”. Kids from outside of McKinney began attending the McKinney Club. In 1988, the Club had expanded its wings and officially changed its name once more to Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County after realizing a greater community need. Many children in Collin County needed support and Boys & Girls Clubs was there to help.