Born with a disability known as congenital amputation, Kyle Maynard has never said no to a challenge. As an experienced wrestler, mixed martial artist and weight lifter, Maynard has risen to several improbable challenges, including becoming the first person to crawl to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Now he’ll be the keynote speaker at the Boys & Girls Club 12th Annual Great Futures for Kids breakfast in hopes of inspiring the kids to aspire to greatness.
Tim Blaylock is the chief professional officer for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. Blaylock says that the breakfast is a great opportunity for the community to support kids as they become self-sufficient after high school.
“There’s a lot of violence in the community, and a lot of kids get mixed up with the wrong social groups,” said Blaylock. “What we want them to do is say, ‘Hey, let’s change these challenges into great opportunities for ourselves like Mr. Maynard has.’ ”
Maynard has traveled the world to give motivational speeches to students with the message of overcoming adversity. At the breakfast, Maynard will speak briefly to the adults in attendance and then travel to an area high school to speak with the students.
The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme serves 9,000 teenagers yearly and is going on its 60th year in Oxnard. Blaylock hopes to raise $100,000 at this year’s Great Futures for Kids breakfast. Adults can sponsor individual kids, thereby paying for a portion of the cost of serving one member of the club for a year.
“We’ve been around for a long time, and there have been many, many kids that have accomplished pretty great things coming out of this club.”
The 12th Annual Great Future for Kids Breakfast fundraiser will take place on Thursday, March 13, 7-9 a.m. at the Residence Inn by Marriott at River Ridge, 2101 W. Vineyard Ave., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.bgcop.donordrive.com.