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Pro Football Hall of Famer Teams with American Airlines to Remodel Club Room
Reed is passionate about being a National Boys & Girls Club ambassador, as he seeks to be a role model to the youth, while giving back to an organization he grew up with. "I grew up in a Pennsylvania Boys and Girls Club, and their programs helped lay the groundwork for my football career. This project is one example of how I have committed my foundation and legacy to giving back to them." Jerry Houck, Executive Program Officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, is just as pleased, saying, "We're thrilled to work with Andre Reed in ensuring the young people in Philly are inspired to reach their goals like he did." Houck went on to say, "Cultivating a safe, welcoming afterschool environment is one of the impact areas Boys & Girls Clubs emphasizes; therefore we're thrilled for the many children whose lives will be touched through this partnership."
This also marks the NFL legend's first collaboration with American Airlines. American is focused on supporting children and providing lasting and positive change for organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia. The project will include remodeling and painting a room in the newly renovated Northeast Philadelphia Club. "The opportunity to partner with The Andre Reed Foundation on this project is very exciting and important to us," said Cedric Rockamore, American's PHL Hub vice president. "This is our community and we feel strongly about helping to provide a safe, comfortable space for students to go to after school and working together we can all make a difference."
The room makeover will begin at 9am, November 11, 2016. Reed will arrive at 12:30-2pm. American Airlines volunteers, Boys & Girls Club kids and a representative from the Pro Football Hall of Fame will join Reed to support to their organization's impact on youth. Media is encouraged and will have to go through the Boys & Girls Club for authorization. For media credentialing from the BGC, please contact Robyn Chan: firstname.lastname@example.org. Media coverage for Andre Reed can be set up through Melissa LaCorte: Melissa@LaCorteENT.com or by phone at (469) 500-1734. Learn more about Andre at www.AndreReedFoundation.org
About the Boys & Girls Club of Philadelphia
Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia (BGCP) is going BOLD for Philadelphia's youth and aiming to transform seven Clubs throughout Philadelphia's most disadvantaged neighborhoods. For more than 129 years, BGCP has been dedicated to ensuring that Philadelphia's youth have a safe, positive alternative to the negative influences that plague our local neighborhoods. As Philadelphia's premier youth guidance and development agency, BGCP provides fun and engaging educational programs for thousands of kids annually, ages 6 to 18 years, in 18 of Philadelphia's most neglected and impoverished neighborhoods. Staff members' direct life-enhancing programs for youth in five core areas: Character & Leadership Development, Education & Career Development, Health & Life Skills, Arts & Culture, and Sports, Fitness & Recreation. Learn more at www.bgcphila.org or http://www.bgcphila.org/
About Andre Reed
Andre Reed, born on January 29, 1964, in Allentown, PA was one of the key members of the Buffalo Bills during their glory years in the early 90's. Reed was a vital component to the Bills unprecedented run of playing in four straight Super Bowls. The Hall of Famer set the all-time Bills receiving record with 941 receptions, 13,095 receiving yards, 86 touchdown receptions and 36 100-yard reception games. Along with Jim Kelly, Reed was a part of one of the most potent offenses ever to play in the NFL. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014. Reed also established The Andre Reed Foundation (www.andrereedfoundation.org)
About American Airlines Group
American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C.American is a founding member of the oneworld alliance, whose members and members-elect serve nearly 1,000 destinations with 14,250 daily flights to 150 countries. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL. In 2015, its stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.com/