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Posted: Saturday, December 3, 2005 1:57 am | Updated: 8:45 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Alphonso Williams

Title: Sports Director, Boys & Girls Club, Gilbert Branch

Education: University of Reno

What are your main duties?

“My main duties are to manage all of the traditional organized sports activities like flag football, basketball and baseball for the Gilbert Branch Boys & Girls Club. I will recruit more than 200 pillars from our community to volunteer and assist with the delivery of programs. I will also oversee the daily sports activities using both competitive and cooperative games and challenges while building the self-esteem of each child utilizing our philosophy of ‘pursuing Victory with Honor’ program.”

What do you like best?

“Working with the kids and being a positive influence on them. I also enjoy being able to inspire kids to follow their dreams. Also, I love being a sports environment.”

What skills/education are needed to enter your field?

Williams played sports at Long Beach Poly Tech, a well-known sports oriented high school in California. “This set the tone for my sports future.”

He then played for the University of Nevada at Reno and went on to play professional football.

“My professional football experience as well as my passion for working with kids and being a positive role model are definite skills that allow me to do well in this job. I’ve also run shelters for abused and neglected children for Catholic Charities in Miami for several years. I was in charge of running three shelters for kids and a group home for boys. That experience gave me the knowledge I need to be a dedicated manager. Education is extremely important in any position. This is why I always encourage the kids to begin thinking about college as soon as possible.”

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