More than 100 guests enjoyed a late afternoon at the ballpark on Saturday, August 26 as they celebrated the many accomplishments of yesteryear’s Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s former members at the organization’s third annual Alumni Reunion and Hall of Fame Induction. This year’s event was again hosted by the Marlins Foundation at Marlins Park.
Six former club members were inducted to the Clubs’ Alumni Hall of Fame and honored with an afternoon of food, refreshments and celebrations, including a special announcement from Home Plate with video projection of each of the inductees. Immediately following the presentation, inductees and their guest were able to enjoy seats in a special section and watch the Marlins vs. Padres game courtesy of the Marlins Foundation.
The event was emceed by former club football coach and Board and Hall of Fame member Howard Master. The six inductees into the Alumni Hall of Fame were Traffic Reporter for WPLG Channel 10 News Nicole Perez, Of Counsel Attorney with De La Peña Group Arturo Alvarez, Tallahassee Attorney and NFF College Football Hall of Fame member Carlos Alvarez, Retired Judge for Florida’s 11th Circuit Court Probate Division Judge Michael A. Genden, Retired MLB Third Baseman for the New York Yankees, Miami Marlins and the Boston Red Sox Mike Lowell, and Writer, Director and creator of TV sitcoms and movies Hugh Wilson.
- Nicole Perez attended the Kendall Club in the late 1990s to early 2000s. She graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. She joined the Local 10 News team in July 2016 as the morning traffic reporter
- Arturo Alvarez attended the Northwest Club in the 1960s with his brothers Carlos and Cesar. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida in 1972. He is also one of the founding members of the Cuban American Bar Association
- Carlos Alvarez attended the Northwest Club in the 1960s along with his brothers Arturo and Cesar. He is a former consensus All-American wide-receiver for the University of Florida Gators from 1969-1971. He’s a member of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame as a “Gator Great” and No. 7 among the top 100 all-time best football players for the team’s first 100 years. In 1975, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Duke University School of Law and is currently an attorney in Tallahassee
- Judge Michael Genden attended the Hank Kline Club in the 1950s. In 1970, he received his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami. Genden served as 11th Judicial Circuit Court Judge from 1993-2016. He currently serves on the Board of Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade
- Mike Lowell attended the Hank Kline Club in the late 1980s. He is a former Major League Baseball Third Baseman who has played for the New York Yankees, Florida Marlins and the Boston Red Sox. He is a four-time All-Star, two-time World Series Champion and 2007 World Series MVP
- Hugh Wilson attended the Hank Kline Club in the 1950s. He is an American film director, writer and television showrunner.Among his credits for TV are “WKRP in Cincinnati” and “Frank's Place.” Among the movies he directed are “Police Academy” and “The First Wives Club”
The talents, dedication and skills of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade alumni have made a mark in South Florida and beyond. Their professions range from sports, entertainment, business, medicine, politics, justice, art, education and more. Although each member’s path to success was different, they all attribute a great part of their success was due to what they gained from the life-changing programs and the caring and compassionate staff at their local Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade
Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade has been serving youth in the community since 1940. What once was a single building and site for boys has grown to five Clubs serving thousands of boys and girls year-round, providing programs in the areas of character and leadership development, educational enhancement, career preparation, health and life skills, cultural arts and sports, fitness and recreation. Club staffing, initiatives, and programs are designed to inspire and enable young people and provide them with the resources to succeed and share in the American Dream. For more information, please visit www.bgcmia.org.