New York Yankies and Continentals of Omega Boys & Girls Club Alumni,
at Vallejo High School baseball field dedication on January 27, 1012
“For me, this is where everything started, being able to go to the club every day after school, from elementary all the way up to high school, Mr. Graham took a genuine interest in me, and had a huge impact on my life. Without the Boys & Girls Club I probably wouldn’t be here today.”
CC Sabathia inducted in to the Boys & Girls Club of America Hall of Fame.
Since its inception 106 years ago, the Boys & Girls Club Movement has provided children of all backgrounds with the opportunity to grow and realize their dreams.
To celebrate the accomplishments of former Boys & Girls Club members, BGCA annually recognizes distinguished alumni during the organization’s national conference. The event honors alumni who have gone on to make major contributions in their fields, from sports and entertainment to business and medicine, from politics and justice to art and education. Their stories are very different, but all start out the same” with the life-changing programs, caring and attentive staff, and fun and safety of a local Boys & Girls Club.
CC Sabathia of Vallejo was selected for this honor. For seven years the Continentals of Omega Boys & Girls Club offered CC a safe place to go after school. The Club also provided his first chance to attend a Major League Baseball game and to meet his hero, Oakland A’s pitcher, Dave Stewart. Mr. Graham, our Club director and mentor to young CC, always found time to help with homework or offer advice. Sabathia is now the New York Yankees’ top pitcher. He and his wife, Amber, run a charitable foundation whose beneficiaries have included the Continentals of Omega Boys & Girls Club, the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, the Boys & Girls Club of Newark and other youth-serving organizations.
May 4, 2012 CC was honored at the National Convention. His wife Amber and Mother, Marjory accepted his award. Attending along with his wife and mother was his (step) Father and Omega’s Executive Director, Wendy B. Jones.
Also honored this year was: Native American advocate, Ernest Stevens Jr.; Grammy winner, Ne-Yo, Ballet dancer, Misty Copeland; Olympic athlete, Anthony Ervin; Maj. Gen Darren W. McDew; Playwright, David Lindsay-Abaire; and actors, Powers Booth and Cuba Gooding Jr. There is no doubt about it, Boys & Girls Clubs save lives, and Club alumni change the world.
Great news! CC will be in attendance at our Guardians of Youth Gala on Saturday, January 26, 2013. More details to come soon!