Since 1901, thousands of boys and girls have crossed through the doorway of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Alabama. For many of these kids, it was a home away from home. Memories of going to camp, soccer leagues, Six Flags leadership trios or just hanging out at the club are some of the great stories heard shared when old "clubbers" get back together.
While several Club alumni have achieved particular distinction in fields such as entertainment, business, politics and sports, the average alumnus is not famous. Most have achieved success by getting an education, raising a family, serving their country, pursuing a career or supporting the community.
Ruben Studdard is a Grammy-nominated pop, R&B and gospel singer who captured global attention as winner of the second season of American Idol. He's also someone with a deep affinity for community - an affinity influenced by time spent at the Boys & Girls Club. "I had some of the best times of my life there" he recalls.
Today, he's deeply involved in helping children develop both artistic and social skills. In 2003, he founded the Ruben Studdard Foundation for the Advancement of Children in the Music Arts. He's also a regular speaker at Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the country. "It has special meaning for me" he says. "I'm a product of the Clubs."
Club Location: Birmingham, Alabama