Ira Samelson Jr. Club

894 Isabelle
Memphis, TN 38122
(901) 324-5763
Club Hours
Monday - Friday: 2:00p.m.-8:00p.m.

Ira Samelson Jr. Club

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Club Director - Gwendolyn Woods

Gwendolyn Woods was born and raised in Memphis, Tn . She graduated from Central High School and later received a track scholarship to University of Memphis where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Communications. Gwendolyn also attended University of Phoenix and earned a Master's of Business Administration and Certificate of Human Resource Management.

Growing up in the inner city of Memphis and raised by a single mom after her father passed away from leukemia when she was just four years old, Gwendolyn has faced many challenges. However, the foundation from her mother and a particular mentorship from a middle school track coach significantly impacted her life as a child and pushed her to achieve greater goals for herself. As result, she is passionate about attempting to do that for our kids today. Gwendolyn has been blessed with several opportunities to work with youth in different organizations and is excited about being a part of the Memphis Boys & Girls Clubs. She is ready to "To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens."

Email: gwendolynw [at] bgcm [dot] org

Program Director - Chris Garner

Growing up in the inner city of Memphis and being the youngest of 5 kids, Chris had to work hard and prove himself at all times. As a result, he became determined to beat all odds set before him. Chris grew up in the Ira Samelson Boys & Girls Club with childhood friends such as Penny Hardaway and Elliot Perry, who all attended Treadwell and the University Of Memphis. Each of them later went on to play in the NBA. Chris played 3 years in the NBA and 11 years in Europe. With all of the experiences that the game of basketball provided him with, Chris is now ready to teach and show the kids of Memphis that "DREAMS DO COME TRUE"… Educate your mind to be better tomorrow than you were today!

Email: chrisg [at] bgcm [dot] org