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The Champ Challenges Parents
Tuesday, 15 January 2013

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January 15--  Former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield says he's the man he is today because he joined the Boys Club serving the projects in Atlanta when he was six years old.

ImageHolyfield spoke at the ribbon-cutting Monday for the new home of the Toombs County Boys and Girls Club in Vidalia.

"The Boys Club gave me the opportunity to be the person who I am.  I'm honored to be here today and to speak to the parents.  Kids are only as good as the parent.  If it hadn't been for my Momma, there's no telling where I would be.  So parents, your kids are only as good as you.  In all that you teach your kids, teach them to have a good attitude because everybody messes up. Give your kids a safe haven."

"I love you and hope that the club continues to grow because it gave me my opportunity," the champ said.

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The Toombs County Boys and Girls Club started 16 years ago when a young corrections officer in Toombs County, Greg Johnson, shared his vision with a group of community volunteers.

"We can give our kids a future, we can give our kids something positive, we can give something to our kids to get them off the street," he told the crowd Monday.

Meanwhile, club officials say they are already planning to expand the gym in the new building and report the largest single donation ever made to the club will make it possible.  They say details of the contribution will be announced later.

 
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