By Matthew Nelson, Santa Clarita Community Contributor
On Saturday September 9 at 3 p.m. past Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley members, parents, staff, board members, and volunteers will gather at the James T. Ventress Clubhouse in Newhall for an Alumni Barbeque. Anyone who shares a special connection to the Boys & Girls Club is welcome to attend. It will be an opportunity to reminisce, reflect, and reconnect. Whether you attended the Santa Clarita Club or elsewhere all are invited. The Clubhouse is located at 24909 Newhall Ave. in Newhall. Please RSVP to [email protected].
Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley is proud of all of its alum. Past members have gone on to great futures including Olympic swimmer Anthony Ervin. Anthony has won four Olympic medals for swimming, including two gold medals in the men’s 50-meter freestyle. In 2000, he won gold in Sydney. In 2016 when he won gold again he became the oldest individual gold medal winner in swimming. Other well-known alum from Clubs around the country include Academy-Award winner Denzel Washington, Retired Army general Wesley Clark, American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland, and Los Angeles city’s 41st mayor Antonio Villaraigosa,
Founded in 1968, the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley provides 1,700 local youth, ages 7-17, with programs that provide a safe and supportive environment, support academic success, and develops character and leadership. Membership is just $60 a year for the first child and $45 for each additional sibling (scholarships available). The Club’s mission is to “enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.” Visit either Clubhouse today to register: 24909 Newhall Ave. in Newhall or 19425 Stillmore St. in Canyon Country or visit us online at www.scvbgc.org.