By Jarrod Harris
Times West Virginian
From Cam Newton’s commercial with the little boy threatening to take his starting quarterback position with the Carolina Panthers, to former Pittsburgh Steelers’ Duce Staley trying to spell the word chrysanthemum, the Boys & Girls Club of America has been trying to get individuals involved with its program.
Many pro athletes have joined the cause — Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Bo Jackson, LeBron James and others.
The reasoning? The Boys & Girls Club goals are to provide all young people with a safe place to learn and grow, and establish ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals by providing them with life-enhancing programs and character development experiences.
This goal has led to the saying “Let’s just play,” which encourages children of all ages to drop the video game controller and turn off their televisions. Withdrawing from electronics forces the children to go outside and play; in fact, they are asked to play an hour a day so they can be active.