Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

VC Star – NFL player becomes Boys & Girls Clubs spokesman

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on January 26, 2010

Keary Colbert was learning the fundamentals of football at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme long before he was a professional football player.

“From the flag football games there to the fundamentals of good character and leadership I learned to be great — to follow my dreams and to create something bigger than myself by giving back to the community,” said Colbert, 27, of Oxnard, a free agent with the NFL who has played for the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions and Florida Tuskers.

In an effort to inspire other youths to pursue their passion in life, Colbert is giving back to his local club as a spokesperson for Be Great, a national Boys & Girls Club campaign that has been localized by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.

“I am just one of hundreds of thousands of club alumni across the nation whose lives were altered in positive ways and are now in a position to give back to our communities — another value we learned at the club,” Colbert said.

The national effort features billboards with faces of past club alumni, including celebrities like Denzel Washington and Martin Sheen.

The localized campaign showcases billboards throughout Oxnard — and most visibly along the northbound 101 freeway at the Del Norte exit — featuring a photo of Colbert. Oxnard Police Chief John Crombach will be featured in coming months.

The effort is part of a nationwide initiative by Boys & Girls Clubs of America 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, said Tim Blaylock, chief professional officer at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.

“We all know the great stories of Denzel Washington, Martin Sheen, Mario Lopez and many others and their relationships with their individual Boys & Girls Clubs,” said Blaylock, noting that these testimonials can be found online at

“We all recognize and celebrate these celebrities, and we are proud that they once were club members; it gives us hope,” Blaylock said. “And we are equally honored and proud of our local alumni and wanted to highlight them and bring awareness about their involvement in our community and local clubs. They are equally inspiring just not as famous.”

It seemed only fitting to kick off the campaign with Keary Colbert, an alumnus of the club’s Port Hueneme branch, a graduate of USC and an NFL player.

Growing up in Ventura County, Colbert joined the Boys & Girls Club when he was in elementary school and later attended Hueneme High School in Oxnard, where he lettered in football, track and basketball. He also played football as a youth for the Port Hueneme Rhinos.

“Keary was a true blue club kid growing up in Oxnard and is a philanthropist, volunteer and great role model for our youth locally,” Blaylock said. “He is giving back because it made a difference in his life, and he would like to see that replicated for other youth in our community.

“He believes in our mission to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to become productive, responsible and caring adults. He is a great local spokesperson for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, just like Denzel Washington is a great example for Boys & Girls Clubs all across America.”

For more information about the Be Great campaign, or to make a donation, go to


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  1. Oxnard Guy said, on February 21, 2010 at 1:05 AM

    I hope Keary gets back into the NFL again. He was a good player in high school, I played against him back in 1999.

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