Over the years, thousands of Miami children have relied on the Boys and Girls Club of Miami-Dade, including San Diego Padres outfielder, Jon Jay. Providing tutoring, sports programs, and summer camps, the Boys and Girls Club’s mission is simple: to inspire and enable young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.
Jay, a Miami native, recalls the Boys and Girls Club as one of the keys to his success. “This cause is very important to me, I know how important the Boys and Girls Club was for myself when I was growing up, how instrumental it was for me so, any time I can do something to help them out, I’m always on board,” said Jay. The Boys and Girls Club provided after school care for both Jay and his sister while growing up in Miami, and looks to guide many more lives for years to come. Without events like the Jon Jay Celebrity Bowling Challenge, it would not be the success it is today, and kids from all over Dade-County would miss out on countless opportunities.
“If you see the kids that are here, they’re having a great time. Some of these kids will never experience anything like this in their lives, and we hope that through this experience, they’ll want more,” said Jon’s father, Justo. Not only do the kids benefit from this experience, but the celebrities that attend always learn a valuable lesson from it. “The more blessings that you get in life, the more you want to give back, and Jon Jay, he’s doing a great job of that right now,” said Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon. Vernon is just one of many celebrities who take time to give back; and it goes without saying that the event has been a success each of its five years running, and looks to continue its momentum in the future.
The Jon Jay Celebrity Bowling Challenge brings together celebrities from all over the country for one night of bowling and one cause everyone can agree on. Along with Vernon, Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, Oakland A’s first baseman Yonder Alonso, and notorious sneaker customizer Marcus “solesbysir” Rivero were in attendance. However, for one night, the stardom goes away and care for the children is all that’s left.