Denzel Washington and Michael Phelps, two stars at the tops of their professions, are giving back to a group they say provides the same ingredients that allowed them to be successful in their own pursuits.
Denzel presented MP with the “2012 Champion of Youth Award”
The group, the Boys and Girls Club of America (BGCA), is in its 106th year and helps four million children annually by "enabling all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens."
Washington, who has lent his celebrity to the BGCA as a spokesperson for 20 years, is also an alumnus of 'the club,' as he refers to it. He says that he sees some of his own experience with the BGCA when he talks with current club members.
He recalled his time as a member of “the club” when a mentor singled him out and gave him a dose of inspiration. “‘You know, with your smarts you can do anything you want to do in life,” the mentor said to the young Washington. It was a moment the future Academy Award-winning actor wouldn’t forget.
Though not an alumnus, 18-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps’s shares Washington’s passion for the club.
"Whenever I’m in the club, I’m myself. You’ll see a gigantic smile on my face the whole entire time because I’m enjoying it. And these kids are the future of our country."
The swimmer’s new initiative with the group, in conjunction with his foundation, is aimed at teaching children water safety and swimming basics as a means to combat childhood obesity and a healthier lifestyle.
Watch David's entire interview with Denzel Washington, Michael Phelps, and BGCA President Jim Clark above (or click the link if the embed didn't work) to hear more about the Boys and Girls club of American as well as what is coming next for Denzel Washington.
Ashanti was also there
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