Alumni Making Headlines
Alum Misty Copeland was recently honored at Diane Von Furstenberg's annual DVF Awards. The philanthropic award is given to women who are committed to improving and transforming the lives of other women. Though talented in her own right, Copeland credits the Club for introducing her to dance. As an honoree, Copeland received $50,000, adding that Boys & Girls Clubs of America would be among the organizations to which she would donate those funds. Thanks, Misty!
Alumni Making Headlines
2017 - 18 Youth of the Year Carlos P. had the esteemed opportunity to be interviewed by Club alum and BGCA spokesperson, Denzel Washington, and what came of it was a great message from Mr. Washington. Read how he is encouraging others to show youth someone cares.
Alumni Giving Back
Jon Jay is not just an MLB outfielder who has played on a World Series Championship team, but also a Club alumnus who is giving back. For seven years, Jon Jay has hosted his Jon Jay FMSbonds Celebrity Bowling Challenge, and this year, the event raised $75,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade's Project Learn After-School Program! Read how the success was even more exciting than previous years.
Club Alum Makes History
Written By John Collins
Former National Youth of the Year Stacey Walker made history as the first African-American to be elected to the Linn County Board of Supervisors in Iowa. "Linn County was organized 177 years ago," Walker, 28, told a local newspaper. "This is the first time young African-American kids…will be able to see an image of themselves reflected on their county board of government."
Youth Of The Year Meet POTUS!
The month of May marked a memorable experience for our 2015-16 Youth of the Year! Our National Youth of the Year, Whitney, was joined by the Regional Youths of the Year Alora, Brooke, Courtney, Emily and RianSimone in Washington, D.C. to talk about teen leadership with President Obama in the Oval Office.
As we continue to watch these fabulous alumni demonstrate how impactful the Clubs are on young lives, please head over to the Youth of the Year blog for highlights of their experience.
Presenting: Our 2016 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees
Every year since 1990, we have inducted eight new Club alumni in our Alumni Hall of Fame. From pro-athletes to accomplished business leaders, Olympians to award-winning actors, each of these outstanding inductees first got their start at their hometown Boys & Girls Club, just like you! Meet the outstanding men and women that were inducted into the 2016 Alumni Hall of Fame.
Katrina M. Adams, Chairman of the Board, CEO and President of the United States Tennis Association
F. King Alexander, President of Louisiana State University
Wayne DeVeydt, Chief Financial Officer of Anthem Inc.
Alvin Gentry, Head Coach of the New Orleans Pelicans
Jim Keltner, Professional drummer
Damaris Lewis, Professional model
Willie Naulls, retired NBA player
JB Smoove, Comedian
Watch the previously recorded induction ceremony to hear directly from the winners!