UA football player Leif Magnuson partners with BGCT

University of Arizona Offensive Lineman Leif Magnuson, center, and members of the Jim & Vicki Click Clubhouse show their Wildcat pride.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson is excited to announce a new partnership with University of Arizona football player Leif Magnuson, who chose the nonprofit to share his time, talent and resources.

He visited the Jim & Vicki Click Clubhouse in early March to meet the club kids, play some games, and help serve snacks and dinner. In addition to his mentorship volunteering, Magnuson has also generously offered to share proceeds from the sales of his jersey, UA swag, and game tickets.

“For 65 years, we have carried the torch for our mission, which is to provide every youth, no matter how great their struggle, with the tools needed to succeed and thrive in life,” says Denise Watters, BGCT CEO. “Having Leif in our clubhouse to mentor our kids is a symbol of potential, a message that our youth can achieve their hopes and dreams if they just have the opportunity and motivation.

“It takes individuals like Leif, who can share his experience at UA and in Tucson, to resonate with our youth who are interested in becoming collegiate athletes and furthering their education. Leif is a role model, and spending time with our club kids is so powerful and influential. We are so appreciative of his interest in giving back into the community.”

“For the past four years, Tucson has been my second home,” Magnuson says. “Being in the fortunate position I’m in, as a member of the Wildcat football team, I felt it was time to give back to the city that gave me the opportunity to grow as a student-athlete and as a person. I’ve done community service as a part of the football team, but I wanted to do something more on a personal level.

“After speaking with my parents and giving consideration to several outstanding organizations in Tucson, I felt that helping BGCT and the under privileged youth they support was the best place for me to focus my efforts during my final two years at UArizona.”

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