BGCBC alumni Jason Derulo inducted into BGCA Alumni Hall of Fame
The 112th Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) National Conference was a first of sorts for BGCBC. On Wednesday, May 2, 2018, Broward County’s own Jason Derulo was inducted into the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Alumni Hall of Fame.Jason is the first member from BGCBC to be inducted into the BGCA Alumni Hall of Fame and to say it was a special day is an understatement.
This year’s inductees included WWE star Hulk Hogan, NFL Hall of Fame running back Terrell Davis, dynamic brother and sister duo Matt (NBA alum) & Becky Bonner (Orlando Magic Director of Player Development), Ed Arnold, Candace Bird, Lieutenant General Leslie Smith, and 3 time Olympic gold medalist, Shaun White.
Before he became an internationally touring pop star, a regular on the Billboard charts and a judge on the hit reality-entertainment show “So You Think You Can Dance,” and before he was showing precocious musical-theater talent at Dillard Center for the Arts, Miramar native Jason Derulo was a kid with time on his hands. And that’s when the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County stepped in.
“I was looking for something to do after school and my mom definitely needed some help, you know, not having me be home by myself,” says Derulo,. “She was in school and she was working, so she was not home a lot. So it offered an outlet for her as well.
Jason got involved with the Marti Huizenga Club in Hollywood after hearing about it from an older cousin. It addressed a void that wasn’t being filled, and helped him find his voice, Derulo says. “It teaches you social skills. Getting a chance to speak to people. In class you don’t really get to talk to people. You get in trouble for talking,” he says.
Something as simple as a game of pool came with valuable lessons. “You learn discipline, learning rules for all of the games, waiting your turn, being respectful to the equipment,” he says.
It was also at the Boys & Girls Club of Broward where Jason got another special opportunity. Involved with the clubs music and art program, Jason entered into a talent contest at the age of 11 and took home the top prize. Jason’s award was the chance to perform at the 2000 Yacht Rendezvous gala on Fisher Island with Michael Bolton and sang ‘I believe I can Fly” by R. Kelly and he hasn’t stopped flying since!
“We are proud of Jason and all his professional accomplishments but more importantly we are proud of the man Jason has become said Brian Quail, President/CEO. It is wonderful to see our members go off and have successful careers and lives but it is even more special when they come back home and spend time with the kids and help give them hope for the future.”