By Ashley Rader
The new leaders have been in place at the club for the past two weeks. Both have been involved with the Boys and Girls Club since their teen years and are excited to start working with the youth in a new community.
Wright has worked at a Boys and Girls club for her “entire adult working life.” She got her start at the Boys and Girls Club in Smyrna, Tenn., when she was 14. She worked part-time in high school and was director at the Murfreesboro Boys and Girls Club, where she worked for nine years before coming to Elizabethton.
“To me, their mission is the No. 1 thing, to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens,” Wright said. “The Boys and Girls Club gives children the opportunity to do things and see places they might not get to otherwise. Growing up, I had two amazing parents and I got to participate in sports, learning camps and other activities. I feel every child deserves that and the only way some might be able to do that is through the Boys and Girls Club.”
Keller has worked with the Boys and Girls Club organization for six years, first in Murfreesboro, then in Bristol. He was also a part of the club from the time he was young. He was a part of the Boys and Girls Club in his neighborhood in Astoria, N.Y., until he moved to Tennessee when he was 12.
“I always liked the interaction with the kids and being able to bring a smile to their face,” Keller said.