Hollywood: Denzel Unveils “Be Great” Initiative, Washington, Shaq New Faces of Boys & Girls Club

Denzel Washington and Shaquille O’Neal have joined the Boys & Girls Club for the “Be Great” campaign, unveiled Wednesday. “What’s going on with children doesn’t worry me. What’s going on with adults worries me. If we are not more committed to these young people … they will go as far as we take them, so the onus is on us, not on the children,” Washington told reporters. “We’ve created this world for them, we are the ones that fall and we are the ones that can rectify it.” Washington, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Martin Sheen, Wesley Clark and Shaquille O’Neal, who attended the Boys & Girls Clubs of America as children, have lent their childhood photos to the organization for a national advertising campaign. Washington displayed a campaign ad featuring a photo of himself from the second grade. In the headshot, he’s clad in a collared shirt, tie and blazer — much like he was dressed at the event. “A handsome young man that is,” he said. “I have to give credit where credit is due, that begins with my mother not only for giving me life and faith and so much support, but also digging up this photo.” The Academy Award winner, who is national spokesman for the organization, attended a Boys & Girls Club as a child in New York. For more information on Washington’s “Be Great” Program and to support your local Boys & Girls Clubs please visit: BE GREAT: http://www.be-great.org/ Boys & Girls Clubs of America: http://www.bgca.org/


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