May 05, 2023 Submitted by Eliza Lynch,
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Inspiring the next generation of leaders, innovators and changemakers, the legacy youth organization honored ABC News Correspondent John Quiñones, US EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan, NBA Coach Rick Carlisle and many others during the annual induction ceremony.
ORLANDO, Fla.-- Last night, during Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 117th annual national conference, the legacy youth-development organization welcomed nine new faces to its 2023 Alumni Hall of Fame class.
Held in Orlando, this year’s ceremony gathers youth development leaders and stakeholders from across the nation to recognize and honor the impact of nine individuals who attribute their time at a Boys & Girls Club as a key part of their journey to becoming successful adults.
From award-winning media personalities to sports icons and coaches, and other top industry professionals, the 2023 Alumni Hall of Fame inductees reflect the outstanding outcomes Boys & Girls Club members can achieve when they have safe spaces, caring mentors and life-enhancing opportunities during their formative years.
Boys & Girls Clubs Alumni Hall of Fame welcomed:
John Quiñones, ABC News Correspondent
Michael S. Regan, US Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
Rick Carlisle, NBA Head Coach (Indiana Pacers)
Vera Jones, former ESPN Analyst and Author
Kofi Sarkodie-Mensah (aka Kofi Kingston), WWE Superstar
Austin Watson (aka Xavier Woods), WWE Superstar
Marvin L. McIntyre, Founder & CEO, Marvelous Enterprises
Tony Alva, Professional Skateboarder
Shayla Cowan, Emmy-nominated film and TV producer, Chief of Staff, Will Packer Productions (part of the first all-Black team to produce the Oscars)
As leaders and role models, these honorees share a passion for helping the next generation of kids and teens achieve great futures. They also serve as key examples of what’s possible young people have access to high-quality youth development programs, like those found after-school and during the summer at a Boys & Girls Club.
“Every year, we are honored to welcome top industry leaders and professionals into our Alumni Hall of Fame during this special induction ceremony,” said Jim Clark, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of America.” “On the heels of celebrating our 5,000th Boys & Girls Club milestone, we are reminded of the power of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s mission and the opportunity we have to shape the future with great leaders.
Additional highlights of the 117th National Conference include a celebration party led by DJ D-Nice, youth talent performances and closing remarks by Boys & Girls Club Alumni Hall of Fame member and supporter, former MLB All-Star Alex Rodriguez.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America For over 160 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA.org) has provided a safe place for kids and teens to learn and grow. Clubs offer caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Boys & Girls Clubs programming promotes academic success, good character and leadership, and healthy lifestyles. Over 5,000 Clubs serve over 4.3 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of America on Facebook and Twitter. Source: Boys & Girls Clubs of America