The Boys & Girls Clubs of America have been providing a second “home” for underprivileged children for over 150 years.
The non-profit organization creates after school programs to encourage children to “reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”
The list of famous Boys & Girls Club alumni goes on and on. Leaders in government, sports figures, and motion pictures often acknowledge how the Boys & Girls Club provided a safe haven in their early years.
“We call them ‘Club Kids’,” says James Littlejohn, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley, and a former “Club Kid.” People like General Wesley Clark, Laker basketball player Magic Johnson, actor Mark Wahlberg, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, actors Jennifer Lopez and Martin Sheen.
The list is long, and includes the not-so-famous.
Sanford Edward, the developer and builder of the Strand at Headlands, was a “Club Kid.” As the oldest of four children, raised by a single parent, working Mom, Sanford experienced the positive influence that the Boys & Girls Club provided.
“It was one of my favorite places to go,” Edward said, “whether to play in a flag football game or to be a part of Friday night, something fun was always happening.”
“As Club kids, we learned keep a promises, compete, and get along with others,” said Edward. “So I am grateful I can give back to a group that helped me, the Boys & Girls Club.”
Sanford Edward is not alone.
“Every single day the Boys & Girls Club gives kids an opportunity to succeed at life,” says Littlejohn. “We couldn’t provide the great programs or our exceptional staff without the generosity of our civic leaders and alumni.”
Sanford Edward was recently given a plaque recognizing his long-time financial support of the Boys & Girls Club in San Juan Capistrano.
“Children everywhere need help to reach their potential,” said Edward. “The Boys & Girls Clubs are more than just a place to go. They are places to interact with your peers, develop friendships, and become a better person.”