Victor Cruz visits Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich

Teams up with Greenwich Fire Department to teach fire safety

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz paid a visit to the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich this week, teaming up with the Greenwich Fire/Rescue Department to teach the children about the importance of fire safety.

This subject is important to Cruz, as his father was a firefighter for more than 25 years in Patterson, N.J. where Cruz grew up. There, the Boys & Girls Club became Cruz’s “home away from home.” and was “very instrumental in my life and in the person I have become,” he told the more than 100 children who gathered for the event.

Cruz went on to say how important it is for children to have good role models in their lives and how he works hard at setting a good example on and off the football field. Several years ago, he established the Victor Cruz Foundation which works to promote positive change in the lives of youth and encourages STEM education.

“To see kids so excited, walking around wearing my jersey, dancing the salsa and wanting to emulate things I do….it doesn’t get any better than this,” added Cruz.

Boys & Girls Club CEO Bobby Walker Jr. thanked Cruz for raising awareness of this important issue, adding that October is National Fire Safety month. To show their appreciation for his support, members of the Greenwich Fire Department awarded Cruz with a fire helmet with #80, his New York Giants number.

Deputy Fire Marshall Chris Moynahan paired up with Cruz to talk to about what to do if a fire starts. “We want the kids to understand how to be safe and responsible around fires,” he said. They also got a close look at a fire truck and a demonstration of firefighter equipment.

giants-cupcakesThe children left with an autographed photo of Victor Cruz, a “giant” cupcake, a fire hat and packet of material, as well as a new friend and role model.

About Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich

Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich aims to provide an outstanding experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters our doors. For more than 100 years, BGCG, a member of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, has provided high-quality programming which builds character and citizenship and offers kids a safe, nurturing, affordable environment in which to succeed. Each year, we provide opportunities ranging from swimming lessons to homework help to hundreds of under-served children, allowing their parents to work a full day without worry. The mission of the Club is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. To learn more, visit BGCG.ORG or connect with us @BGCGKIDS on Facebook and Twitter.

The Club’s members range in age from 6 to 18. More than 50 percent of the Club’s member families live at low-income levels as defined by HUD; 30 percent of members are eligible for free or reduced lunch; and 25 percent of members come from single-parent households. Club children may participate in the after-school program from September – June for a fee of $50 for Greenwich residents or $150 for children whose parents work in Greenwich. In 2015, the Club waived more than $70,000 in fees so children in need could attend summer camp programs. Additionally, the Club granted $121,000 in college scholarships to teens and young adults who exemplify the good character traits valued by the Boys & Girls Club.

Victor Cruz and Deputy Fire Marshall Chris Moynahan.

Victor Cruz and Deputy Fire Marshall Chris Moynahan.

Boys & Girls Club CEO Bobby Walker Jr. and Victor Cruz

Boys & Girls Club CEO Bobby Walker Jr. and Victor Cruz

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