Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme Kicks Off Be Great Campaign

Posted in Press Releases, Uncategorized by megganmccarthy on January 11, 2010

BE GREAT billboard featured on the 101 Freeway January 2010

(Oxnard, CA) – What do Denzel Washington, Martin Sheen, General Wesley Clark, Keary Colbert and Oxnard Chief of Police John Crombach have in common?

All five are products of the Boys & Girls Clubs. And the faces of our local alumni and community leaders – from when they were young members of the Club – will be appearing throughout Oxnard in 2010 promoting the important work of our local Clubs.

Billboards proclaiming the Boys & Girls Clubs’ new BE GREAT advocacy campaign will be posted around the city. The messages are part of a nationwide initiative by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) to highlight the key issues affecting today’s young people, and the key role community-based organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs play in helping kids graduate from high school, achieve a healthy lifestyle, and develop good character traits.

“BE GREAT is a call to action to kids, that says they can and must realize their full potential to become productive, responsible and caring citizens,” said chief professional officer, Tim Blaylock from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Great Oxnard and Port Hueneme. “However, it is also a call to action to adults, to raise awareness about the key issues, and to generate support for the mission of the Clubs.”

“This campaign will raise awareness and support for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme that serve more than 7,200 youth annually,” said Blaylock. “A future Keary Colbert, Chief Crombach or Denzel Washington is at one of these Clubs right now. We want to make sure that child – and every young person – has every chance to succeed and dream big.”

The BE GREAT campaign emphasizes a spirit of optimism and hope, reinforcing the positive benefits of Boys & Girls Clubs by focusing on the personal success stories of accomplished alumni, celebrities and non-celebrities alike. At the campaign’s Web site (, visitors can learn more about the featured alumni, join the alumni association, volunteer, become and member and make a donation.