Walking onto the Classic Center stage in Athens was thirty Walton County Boys & Girls Club members to perform as The Golden Steppers. They have been practicing since January for this big performance at the 16th Annual Youth Step Show, presented by the Athens Alumni National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc.
The girls were delighted to discover that out of the competition they placed third and were also acknowledge as People’s Choice by the 500 audience members in attendance.
This performance by the Golden Steppers was an initiative of the S.M.A.R.T. Girls program that is in place at the Club. A portion of the event’s proceeds were donated toward the Club.
For several dancers, this competition is something they’ll never forget.
“I’m so proud of us,” Club member Teresha Smith said. “I will never forget this experience for the rest of my life.”
Club member Makayla West said, “Even though we didn’t take first place, I’m so glad we got third and we are always winners at the Boys & Girls Club.”
“I saw something within these number of girls that I haven’t seen in a long time - a love for their Boys & Girls Club,” Lynn E. Hill, WCBGC Director, said. “When the announcement was made that they placed third place in the competition, they were filled with joy. I am so proud of these young girls. The group is a part of the SMART Girls resistance program at the Boys & Girls Club, in which we instill into these values of morals, ethics, hard-work, integrity, and a whole lot of GRIT! The energy that they put into their work, the work ethic, and the discipline that they displayed will cause them to be GREAT!”
To learn more about Walton County Boys & Girls Club visit, www.bgcncg.com/waltonclubor call 770-207-6279.