When Denzel Washington was a young boy, both of his parents worked outside the home. So he spent his free time at the Boys Club of Mt. Vernon (N.Y.) after school and on the weekends. It was a place to become a football player, a boxer or a basketball player. He learned to construct in the woodshop, and have fun with friends in the gamesroom.
But most of all, he learned to dream. And he dreamed big.
1954
Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. was born Dec. 28, 1954, to Denzel Sr. and Lennis “Lynne” Washington.
1960
Joined the Boys Club of Mt. Vernon, N.Y. The Club director at the time was Billy Thomas.
1989
Won first Academy Award for his role in Glory.
1992
Announced on the Arsenio Hall Show that he is the national spokesperson for Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
1993
Filmed first public service announcement with BGCA highlighting his Club experience and his Club director Billy Thomas.
1993
Inducted into BGCA’s Alumni Hall of Fame.
1996
Joined Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Board of Governors.
2001
Won second Academy Award for his role in Training Day.
2004
Received BGCA’s highest tribute to a volunteer, the Herbert Hoover Humanitarian Award.
2006
Wrote A Hand to Guide Me to share a message about the positive influence mentors can have on youth.
2010
Announced Jennifer Lopez as co-spokesperson for BGCA.
2011
Filmed fifth public service announcement for BGCA and is joined by 20 prominent fellow alumni.
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