Raleigh, North Carolina, August 20, 2014 -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- LeVelle Moton, head coach of the N.C. Central University men’s basketball team, and P.J. Tucker, a Phoenix Suns forward, are hosting the LeVelle Moton and P.J. Tucker Community Day event at the Boys Club at 605 N. Raleigh Blvd. Aug. 23. Moton and Tucker, who both grew up in Raleigh and were actively involved and mentored through the Boys & Girls Clubs, will be joined by members of the N.C. Central University basketball team and other community representatives to support and motivate local children.
“LeVelle and P.J. both have an incredible reputation for giving back to their community,” said Ralph Capps, President and CEO at the Boys & Girls Clubs. “They know firsthand the impact the Boys & Girls Clubs can have on keeping youth on the path to achieve their dreams. We’re looking forward to a really powerful and fun day for the kids.”
Children from the Boys & Girls Clubs will enjoy a variety of games and other activities, as well as food. Moton and Tucker will provide all youth attendees with a brand new backpacks to fill with complimentary school supplies and other prizes.
Additionally, each child will receive a copy of Moton’s new book, The Worst Times Are The Best Times, which tells the story of his personal experiences growing up poor and fatherless, working toward the life he always wanted. It is written to be especially poignant for young people as well as relevant to anyone facing personal challenges.
“The Boys & Girls Clubs was a refuge for me growing up and a place I knew I wanted to give back to as soon as I could,” said Moton. “I know the challenges these kids face on a daily basis and the Boys & Girls Clubs inspires them to stay out of trouble, work hard and become successful adults. This community day provides a great opportunity for me to share the knowledge I’ve learned over the years and give back to an organization that really helped shape me.”
The Worst Times Are The Best Times is co-authored by journalist Edward G. Robinson III, who also says the Boys & Girls Clubs played a vital role in his upbringing. It will be released Sept. 2 and can be purchased at www.theworsttimesarethebesttimes.com. A portion of every book sale will be used to purchase books for the Boys & Girls Clubs. Moton and Robinson hope to provide complimentary books to every teen Boys & Girls Clubs member across the country.
About Boys & Girls Clubs serving Wake County
For more than 47 years, Boys & Girls Clubs has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, the organization serves more than 4,720 children and teens through seven Club locations in some of Wake County’s most deserving
neighborhoods. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. Learn more about the positive impact Boys & Girls Clubs are having in our community by visiting www.wakebgc.org.
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