Friars Club


Established 1860

Mission The Friars Club, a Catholic, Franciscan Ministry, develops valuable life skills in our youth through sports, education, and leadership programming to enrich their lives and our community.

Serving Our Community Friars Club Ron Walker Youth Sports program builds character, develops valuable life skills, and promotes healthy lifestyles for more than 700 boys and girls. The RWYS program includes year-round basketball, spring baseball, and winter volleyball, as well as tutoring and mentoring in The Jeanne and Jake Sweeney Learning Center.


Friars also recruits and trains junior high and high school students to mentor and coach our Junior Dribblers (grades K–2). The student coaches get the training, and the Junior Dribblers score the points. This is a win-win for all.

Friars Club helps to keep more than 300 CISE (Catholic Inner City School Education) children on the right track by providing a healthy snack, homework time, and organized athletics after school. Power packs of nonperishable food are distributed to those in need to help them get through many hungry weekends.


Mike Besl, Board Chair
Maureen Sweeney, Vice Chair
John O’Connor, Treasurer
Fr. Kenan Freson, O.F.M., Secretary
Fr. Dan Kroger, O.F.M.
Tom Klinedinst Jr.
Charles Fredrick
Patrick Veith
Mike Leavy
Eric Mueller
Ralph Lee
Annie Timmons, Executive Director

Other Ways to Help

  • Friars Club Celebrity Texas Hold’em Classic Fund-raiser, January 27, 2017
  • Friars Annual Community Dinner, April 28, 2017
  • Friars Annual Golf Auction, July 13, 2017
  • Friars Annual Celebrity Golf Classic, July 14, 2017
  • Volunteers for afterschool coaching or tutoring

Friars Club
4300 Vine St.
Cincinnati, OH 45217
(513) 488-8777




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