Jennifer Lopez Joins Denzel Washington as National Spokesperson for BGCA
Tue, 30 Nov 2010 12:14:22
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Actor Denzel Washington has served as national spokesperson for Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) since 1992. An alumnus of the Club in his hometown of Mount Vernon, New York, Denzel has proven a tireless advocate for the Clubs and the young people they serve. He has participated in five national advertising campaigns, has served as an active member of BGCA's Board of Governors since 1996, appeared before Congressional leaders on Capitol Hill, and wrote a book about mentorship – A Hand to Guide Me – with proceeds benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs. In 2008 he launched the "BE GREAT" campaign, asking more than 20 fellow Club alumni to give back by supporting the organization that helped them open the door to a great future. Clearly, Denzel does a lot for the BGCA.
Washington has invited fellow-alumnus and new American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez to join him as national spokesperson, thus expanding this key role to two people for the first time in the organization's 104-year history. The announcement commemorates the 20th anniversary of the organization's name change from "Boys Clubs" to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, marking the expansion of the mission to reach all young people in need.
From academic failure and gang violence to poverty, drugs and obesity, America's youth face a daunting array of problems – with serious consequences for young people, families, communities, and the nation. Boys & Girls Clubs of America is committed to addressing these issues – and challenging our nation to support effective solutions.
Lopez is an alumnus of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in the Bronx, N.Y.
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