Greenwich Film Festival honors Boys and Girls Club leader

GREENWICH, Connecticut (WABC) -- The head of a local Boys and Girls Club is being honored during the 2019 Greenwich International Film Festival.

Bobby Walker Jr. has been selected as this year's Community Changemaker Award recipient.

Walker has served as CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich since 2014.

The club offers affordable after-school programs and summer camps to kids ages 6 and 18.

Despite being located in an affluent community, there is more need than people might realize.

"In our after-school program, 78% of those kids live below the low-income level for this area," Walker said. "Which means their parents, even though they have jobs, are working paycheck to paycheck and sometimes aren't able to make ends meet."

In addition to sports and recreation, the club offers academic support for students and character development programs.

"I want this to be a place where kids can come and find out how great they really are," Walker said.

WABC-TV is a sponsor of the festival, which runs through June 2.

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