May 2, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Ne-Yo, Misty Copeland, CC Sabathia Inducted Into Boys & Girls Clubs Alumni Hall of Fame

Inductees, Including Award-Winning Actors, Athletes, Entertainers, Activists & Military Hero, Will be Honored During BGCA's National Confere

Cuba Gooding Jr. will be among the nine honorees inducted into the Boys & Girls Clubs Alumni Hall of Fame at San Diego's Manchester Grand Hyatt on May 2, 2012.
Cuba Gooding Jr. will be among the nine honorees inducted into the Boys & Girls Clubs Alumni Hall of Fame at San Diego's Manchester Grand Hyatt on May 2, 2012.
  • Cuba Gooding Jr. will be among the nine honorees inducted into the Boys & Girls Clubs Alumni Hall of Fame at San Diego's Manchester Grand Hyatt on May 2, 2012.
    Cuba Gooding Jr. will be among the nine honorees inducted into the Boys & Girls Clubs Alumni Hall of Fame at San Diego's Manchester Grand Hyatt on May 2, 2012.
    Cuba Gooding Jr. will be among the nine honorees inducted into the Boys & Girls Clubs Alumni Hall of Fame at San Diego's Manchester Grand Hyatt on May 2, 2012.
    Cuba Gooding Jr. will be among the nine honorees inducted into the Boys & Girls Clubs Alumni Hall of Fame at San Diego's Manchester Grand Hyatt on May 2, 2012.

WHEN:  Media Opportunity 4 - 4:30 p.m. PST (7 - 7:30 p.m. EST). Ceremony Begins, 6 p.m. PST (9 p.m. EST)

WHERE: Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego / Elizabeth Ballroom

WHAT:    Nine former Boys & Girls Club members turned super stars and outstanding leaders from across the country will be inducted into Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA) 22nd Annual National Hall of Fame during a special ceremony in San Diego -- site of the organization’s 106th National Conference.

The list reads like a veritable Who’s Who in America, including Academy Award Winning actor Cuba Gooding, Jr., American Ballet star Misty Copeland, Native American advocate Ernest Stevens, Jr., Yankees' Pitcher CC Sabathia and Grammy winner Ne-Yo.  The common denominator shared by all – the positive influence of a Boys & Girls Club and their respective contributions to society as adult professionals.

Inductees: 

  • David Lindsay-Abaire, Pulitzer Prize Playwright, Rabbit Hole
  • Powers Boothe, Emmy-winner, FOX series, 24
  • Misty Copeland, Soloist, American Ballet Company
  • Cuba Gooding, Jr., Oscar winner, new TV series on FOX, Guilty
  • Ne-Yo, Grammy winning singer/songwriter
  • CC Sabathia, NY Yankees star pitcher, MLB All-Star
  • Anthony Lee Ervin, Seven NCAA swimming titles, 2012 Olympian
  • Ernest Stevens, Jr., National Congress of American Indians Leader/Advocate
  • Major General Darren W. McDew, Commander Andrews Air Force Base

INTERVIEWS/PHOTO OPP:  

  • Inductees will be available for media interviews and photos during a VIP reception before the ceremony from 4:00- 4:30 p.m. PST. Ceremony begins at 6 p.m. PST.
  • Ceremony will be emceed by BGCA alumnus and award-winning actor Courtney B. Vance.

About the BGCA National Conference
As politicians, business leaders and concerned citizens continue to ponder the escalating levels of violence and alienation among today’s young people, more than 2,200 youth workers and volunteers gather in San Diego to search for answers.  The National Conference will take an in-depth look at issues including dropout factories, bullying, financial illiteracy, childhood obesity and unemployment are placing all youth are at risk -- along with America’s one-time competitive edge.

Contact: Mitch Leff, 404-861-4769, mitch@leffassociates.com