Exciting Day for Teen Members of Boys & Girls Clubs in California with Cuba Gooding Jr.’s Visit

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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 16: Cuba Gooding Jr. talks to Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles/Watts Willowbrook site members about the Maytag Dependable Leader Awards on August 16, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Boys & Girls Clubs of America)
Cuba Gooding Jr. with teens from  Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles/Watts Willowbrook on August 16, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Getty Images for Boys & Girls Clubs)

Cuba Gooding Jr.’s local Boys & Girls Club and its mentors were an important part of Cuba’s youth and a place he counted on and attended regularly.

“Boys & Girls Club of America is an organization that has been very close to my heart for many years,” said Cuba Gooding Jr.

“As an active youth at the Boys & Girls Club in Tustin, California, the leaders and volunteers that I came into contact with helped mold me into who I am today.”

Cuba visited with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles/Watts Willowbrook to talk about the importance of adult role models as a part of the Maytag Dependable Leader Award program.

The Award is part of a long-standing relationship between Maytag and Boys & Girls Club of America, which has been honoring executives, staff members and volunteers for going above and beyond for America’s youth for the past six years.

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 16: Cuba Gooding Jr. talks to Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles/Watts Willowbrook site members about the Maytag Dependable Leader Awards on August 16, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Boys & Girls Clubs of America)
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“Having been a Club member in his youth, Cuba really understands the importance of a dependable leader in the lives of kids and teens and we’re thrilled to have him be a part of this program,” said Brendan Bosch, Maytag senior brand manager.

Recipients of the award will receive this honorable distinction along with a $20,000 financial award to support their local club’s efforts to be a safe, dependable place that enable young people to achieve great futures.

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