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San Diego Charger Kendall Reyes is to be inducted in Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua’s Hall of Fame

NASHUA – One day it could be the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but on Wednesday, it will be the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua Hall of Fame for San Diego Charger Kendall Reyes.

The 6-foot-4-inch, 300-pound defensive tackle and Nashua native is flying cross-country Wednesday night to be part of the Boys & Girls Club’s second annual induction ceremony. ...

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NASHUA – One day it could be the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but on Wednesday, it will be the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua Hall of Fame for San Diego Charger Kendall Reyes.

The 6-foot-4-inch, 300-pound defensive tackle and Nashua native is flying cross-country Wednesday night to be part of the Boys & Girls Club’s second annual induction ceremony.

“We’re pretty excited that he’s all about kids,” said Bridget Cooley, director of marketing and special events for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua.

Reyes, who attended the Boys & Girls Club in the early 2000s, Cooley said, is returning home for his recognition but also to discuss a benefit with the club and Nashua Police Athletic League that is still in the planning stages. A Nashua High School North alumnus and University of Connecticut graduate, Reyes is the first professional football player to come out of Nashua in 14 years.

“He was a member when he was very young and a lot of his friends were members,” Cooley said. “Even when he got into more organized sports outside the club, he’d come back and play pickup.”

Reyes joins five other inductees – selected by Boys & Girls Club staff, committee members and club alumni – who represent the Boys & Girls Club’s past, present and future, Cooley said.

Selections are based on an individual’s legacy or current involvement with the club, Cooley said.

“A lot of the kids selected to attend the event for the Hall of Fame get a lot out of it because they can see anybody who comes to the club has the potential to do really well and succeed and follow through with their dreams,” Cooley said.

Along with Reyes, the Boys & Girls Club will honor:

Donald Norris, the club’s first president of the board

Ellen Arouchon, a 40-year-plus volunteer/board member with the club

Donald Winn, a former board member and long-time volunteer of the club’s “Toastmasters” public speaking program

J.W. Williams, a Marine Corps veteran and current Boys & Girls Club wrestling coach

Alyssa April Cotreau, the club’s New Hampshire Aquamarines synchronized swimming coach

Inductees will be added to a wall of fame series at the Boys & Girls Club that displays plaques and head shots.

Another highlight Wednesday is the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua’s announcement of its Youth of the Year award, which is the club’s highest honor. Finalists for 2012 include Sylvia Gitonga, Hector Collazo and DaShawna Bourgault.

According to a press release, the Youth of the Year title recognizes an individual for contributions to his or her family, school, community and the Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles he or she has overcome.

Greater Nashua’s Youth of the Year will go on to compete against other Boys & Girls Clubs members across New Hampshire for the state title and a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corp.

State winners go on to compete with five regional winners, and ultimately others nationwide to compete for National Youth of the Year and to earn more scholarship money.

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua serves more than 3,400 youth ages 5-18 with programs and activities to build attitudes, skills, values and behaviors that help them succeed as adults, according to a press release.

Nashua’s event Wednesday will feature a question-and-answer session with its three Youth of the Year finalists, plus dinner and dessert.

Tickets are $25 a person or $250 for a table of 10. To reserve seats or discuss sponsorship opportunities, contact Cooley at 883-0523, ext. 228 or bcooley@bgcn.com. Seating is limited.

Maryalice Gill can be reached at 594-6490 or mgill@nashua
telegraph.com. Also, follow Gill on Twitter (@Telegraph_MAG).