Aspire to Inspire: 10 Athletes from the Boys & Girls Club Alumni Hall of Fame

The Boys and Girls Club was founded in 1860 by three women in Hartford, CT - Mary Goodwin, Alice Goodwin and Elizabeth Hammersley. They believed that the youth in their area should have a positive alternative to roaming the streets, and the rest is history! Over the years, the organization has grown from one club to thousands of clubs across the country, but the mission remains the same.

The Boys and Girls Club boasts many impressive members in their Alumni Hall of Fame, but we are especially inspired by the athletes - today is the opening day of the 2018 winter games (you can read more on our recent blog post, "The Games That Must Not Be Named"), after all!

Without further ado, we'd like to introduce you to 10 athletes who recognize the Boys & Girls Club's contribution to their successes:

1. Shaquille O'Neal

Professional Basketball Player

Shaquille O'Neal

Newark, New Jersey Boys & Girls Club

2. Misty Copeland

Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre

Misty Copeland

San Pedro, California Boys & Girls Club

3. Michael Jordan

Professional Basketball Player

Michael Jordan

Chicago, Illinois Boys & Girls Club

4. Brooke Bennett

Olympic Gold Medalist, Swimming

Brooke Bennett

Tampa, Florida Boys & Girls Club

5. "Sugar" Ray Leonard

Professional Boxer

Sugar Ray Leonard

Washington, D.C. Boys & Girls Club

6. Kelly Kulick

Professional Bowler

Kelly Kulick

Union, New Jersey Boys & Girls Club

7. Frank Thomas

Professional Baseball Player

Frank Thomas

Columbus, Georgia Boys & Girls Club

8. Bill Walton

Professional Basketball Player

Bill Walton

San Diego, California Boys & Girls Club

9. Evander Holyfield

Professional Boxer

Evander Holyfield

Atlanta, Georgia Boys & Girls Club

10. Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Olympic Gold Medalist, Track & Field

Jackie Joyner Kersee
East St. Louis, Illinois Boys & Girls Club

As part of our Year of Giving, we've partnered with designer, Tanis Gray, and Lorna's Laces to bring you the Whippersnapper Cowl kit! $5 from each kit purchased will be donated directly to the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. We hope you'll join us in supporting this wonderful organization!

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