Denzel Washington, Michael Phelps, Ashanti Join Boys & Girls Clubs of America to Demand Greater Focus on Youth Issues

BGCA Unveils Plan to Attack Poverty, Graduation Rates and Unhealthy Lifestyles

Denzel Washington, National Spokesperson for Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Denzel Washington, National Spokesperson for Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Denzel Washington, National Spokesperson for Boys & Girls Clubs of America
    Denzel Washington, National Spokesperson for Boys & Girls Clubs of America
    Denzel Washington, National Spokesperson for Boys & Girls Clubs of America
    Denzel Washington, National Spokesperson for Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Sept 19: Denzel Washington, Michael Phelps and Ashanti Join Boys & Girls Clubs of America to Demand Greater Focus on Issues Affecting America’s Youth; Announce National Youth of the Year
  
BGCA Unveils Plan to Attack Poverty, Graduation Rates and Unhealthy Lifestyles

Contact: Mitch Leff, 404-861-4769, mitch@leffassociates.com

When:   Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, 11 a.m.
Where: National Press Club Ballroom, 529 14th Street, Washington, DC, 202-662-7500

What:
Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s new President/CEO Jim Clark will share the organization’s Great Futures Impact Plan, dedicated to the premise that every child has the right to succeed.  Specifically, BGCA is calling on every American to do their part to ensure that academic success, good character and citizenship and a healthy lifestyle are within the reach of America’s 15-million at-risk youth. 

Joining Clark in his role as advocate-in-chief will be two members of BGCA’s Alumni Hall of Fame - Denzel Washington and Ashanti - who will describe the critical role the Boys & Girls Club played in their respective lives.  Washington will also be honored for his 20 years of serving as BGCA’s national spokesperson and contributing to the organization’s recognition as one of the Ten Top Nonprofit Brands.

Long-time BGCA supporter and 22-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps will be honored as the organization’s 2012 Champion of Youth. Phelps will talk about his passion for children and the partnership between the Michael Phelps Foundation and  BGCA to make water safety a top priority – especially in urban areas where the CDC reports drowning is a leading cause of death among young people – and encourage children to live active and healthy lifestyles.  The Foundation's signature program - im – offers water safety lessons, recreational aquatic activities, and health, wellness and goal-setting instruction based on the same basic techniques and principals that Phelps implemented throughout his own swimming career.

In addition, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) will announce the winner of the organization’s most prestigious honor – the 2012 National Youth of the Year (YOY).  The YOY title is awarded to a Club member based upon academic success, service to community, family and Club – plus obstacles overcome.  This year’s five Regional YOY finalists have generated more than 3,000 hours of community service collectively. 

Interview Opportunities:     
- Ashanti Douglas, Grammy Award-winning entertainer, Club alumna
- Jim Clark, President/CEO, BGCA
- 2012  National Youth of the Year

Why: Our nation is at a critical crossroads and going in the wrong direction, as it relates to our young people – who will determine the fate of America’s success and global competitiveness.  It’s time to invest now – or pay the price later.
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