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Five Gene Matthews Boys & Girls Club members receive Hank Aaron Chasing The Dream Scholarships

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Before Hank Aaron became a legendary Major League Baseball Player, he was a kid in Mobile, Alabama, with a passion for the game and a dream of making it to the pros. Now, Hank Aaron is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and celebrated for his successful 30-year career and record-breaking stats. He attributes much of his success to the people who encouraged him along the way. In 1994, Hank Aaron and his wife Billye established the Chasing The Dream Foundation in hopes of inspiring Boys & Girls Club members with exceptional abilities and modest upbringings to develop their talent and pursue their passions in a variety of areas from sports to the performance arts.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties is proud to recognize five outstanding Club members from the Gene Matthews Boys & Girls Club who received the Hank Aaron Chasing The Dream Scholarship including:

Gavin Curchdoyle holding his 1st place medal
  • Gavin C., a 11-year-old 5th grade student at Imagine School with a passion for soccer;Brandon Hill standing on a basketball court
  • Brandon H., a 16-year-old junior at Community Christian School who will use the support to enhance his basketball skills;Isaiah L. holding a basketball
  • Isaiah L., a 14-year-old freshman at North Port High School who will also develop his basketball skills thanks to this scholarship;Michael Olszewski holding a soccer ball
  • Michael O., a 14-year-old sophomore at Imagine Upper Campus with a dream to become a professional soccer player; andLaela Price sitting next to a volleyball
  • Laela P., a 14-year-old freshman at Port Charlotte High who will focus on volleyball with this scholarship.

Each of these Club members will receive thousands of dollars each year until they graduate from high school to help them chase their dreams. Congratulations to these incredibly talented Club members!

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