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Boys & Girls Club: Wayne Bryan to headline 2nd Annual Breakfast of Champions

February 20, 2009
Santa Paula News

Wayne Bryan saw early on that his sons wanted to be tennis champions, and now the father of professional double’s champions - and twins - Mike and Bob Bryan will talk about his experiences, as well as the life-changing importance of mentoring children, at a special Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley event.

By Peggy KellySanta Paula TimesWayne Bryan saw early on that his sons wanted to be tennis champions, and now the father of professional double’s champions - and twins - Mike and Bob Bryan will talk about his experiences, as well as the life-changing importance of mentoring children, at a special Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley event.Bryan, a nationally recognized speaker/author and internationally known tennis coach, will address the 2nd Annual Breakfast of Champions to be held at the East Harvard Boulevard Clubhouse on Friday, February 27. Bryan, with Woody Woodburn, is the author of “Raising Your Child to be a Champion in Athletics, Arts and Academics.”This free celebration places emphasis on reaching out to community supporters as well as past club alumni, who fondly remember their days spent at the Boys & Girls Club in Santa Paula, Fillmore and Piru or other clubs across the country. The 2nd Annual Breakfast of Champions will be catered by Ironhorse Restaurant and is free for all attending at the Harvard clubhouse, located at 1400 E. Harvard Blvd., Santa Paula.The event - with Police Chief Steve MacKinnon as master of ceremonies - will start promptly with breakfast at 7:30 a.m., and the program will begin at 8 a.m. It is anticipated that the event will conclude at 9 a.m.B&GCSCV Director Gary Nasalroad - a strong club booster with 36 years of continuous board service in Santa Paula and Ventura - noted the event is not only for past and present supporters and benefactors, but “also a way to introduce people to what we’re doing in the community with the club.” The event is part of an international recognition, and Nasalroad noted, “It’s a way of our communicating with the public what our club is doing, and the necessity of having a healthy club in our community.”
This year the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley will celebrate 60 years of service, and the 2nd Annual Breakfast of Champions will kick off the festivities. “We have been helping local children since 1949,” said B&GCSCV CEO Doug Caldwell, who urged “all alumni, ‘come on home’ and help us help today’s kids just as the club helped them growing up.”Boys & Girls Clubs have been helping children across America for more than a century, and recent surveys of alumni show 95 percent reported the clubs were the best thing available in their community, 85 percent said Club staff helped them learn right from wrong, and 52 percent said the Club “saved their lives.”Known as the Positive Place for Kids, the Club offers programs and activities in character and leadership development; education and career development; health and life skills; the arts; and sports, fitness and recreation. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Clara Valley are the safe, fun and caring place for kids.The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Clara Valley serve the children from the communities of Fillmore, Rancho Sespe and Santa Paula, with a combined daily attendance of 635 girls and boys between the ages of five to 18. The Club has locations at all six Santa Paula elementary schools as part of the ASPIRE program, the original Harvard clubhouse, and at the Las Piedras Police storefront building. The Club also has two clubhouses in Fillmore and one at Rancho Sespe.Space for the February 27th Breakfast of Champions is limited and reservations are required. A request for support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Clara Valley will be made, but donations are not required for attendance.To learn more about the Club or to attend this special event, call 525-7910. Reservations and/or contributions may also be made by mail at P.O. Box 152, Santa Paula, CA 93061.



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