Player with A Purpose: NFL's Arian Foster Supports the Boys & Girls Club of Albuquerque Player with A Purpose: NFL's Arian Foster Supports the Boys & Girls Club of Albuquerque
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Player with A Purpose: NFL's Arian Foster Supports the Boys & Girls Club of Albuquerque

by Amara Holstein

April 22, 2011

After only a year in pro football, Arian Foster is now a rising star running back for the Houston Texans and has been crowned as “the NFL’s leading rusher” by many. A graduate of the University of Tennessee who writes poetry on the side, Foster started playing sports as a child at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Albuquerque & Rio Rancho.

GOOD: How did you become involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Albuquerque & Rio Rancho?
Arian Foster: When I was young, my parents would look for constructive ways for us to utilize our time during the summer and to stay out of trouble. The Boys & Girls Clubs were always the answer. Throughout my youth, I was involved in various sports at the clubs like swimming, tennis, basketball, etc.

G: How did the club make a difference to you as a kid?
AF: I grew up in an environment full of negativity and different temptations that could have led me astray from my goals. Albuquerque doesn't have the same resources for kids as most major cities, so we usually found that we had a lot of time on our hands, and idle time is the devil's playground. The B&G Clubs provided a safe haven to get away from it all. It gave me an outlet that allowed me to live a positive life. It also introduced me to different activities and sports that intrigued me, leading me to follow those dreams ever since.

 


 

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Player with A Purpose: NFL's Arian Foster Supports the Boys & Girls Club of Albuquerque