The longest running and highest grossing fundraiser of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, Steak n’ Burger has been bringing Club members and donors together to share a meal for 49 years.
We are thrilled to have Ryan Silverfield, head football coach for the University of Memphis join us as our 2020 Guest Speaker. #GoTigersGo
Ryan agreed to be our guest speaker and our staff along with our Club kids were excited beyond measure to hear his inspirational talk. However, in light of the current situation we find ourselves in that will not happen but Ryan was gracious enough to send us a small video in support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis.
Ryan was named the head coach of the Memphis football program on Dec. 13, 2019 and directed the Tigers in their first-ever appearance in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic against Penn State on Dec. 28, 2019.
In 2019, Silverfield served as deputy head coach and offensive line coach as Memphis won its first outright conference title in 50 years with a 29-24 win over Cincinnati at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
Silverfield also has been a part of Memphis staffs that led the program to three-straight American Athletic Conference West Division crowns from 2017-19 and four-straight bowl appearances from 2016-19. With Silverfield, Memphis has 38 wins the past four seasons, including two 10-plus win campaigns in 2017 (10-3) and 2019 (12-2).
In four seasons, Silverfield has coached five offensive linemen to all-conference honors. Collectively, Silverfield’s 2018 unit was one of 10 semifinalists for the Joe Moore Award, given to the best offensive line in college football.
A 2018 Frank Broyles Award candidate, Silverfield first came to Memphis in 2016 with over 18 years of coaching experience at the high school, college and NFL levels. He remains the only coach to have worked with an NCAA single-season rushing leader and an NFL single-season rushing leader.
A 2003 Hampden-Sydney College (Va.) graduate, Silverfield coached four seasons at his alma mater, starting as an offensive assistant in 2000.
Mearl is an institution in Memphis TV and having her emcee our event would have been spectacular however, Mearl sent us a video showing her support and we love her even more.
Mearl Purvis grew up on the traditions that have molded her into an award winning journalist and a community engaged person. Fairness, family, gratitude and compassion.
Her stories often examine the lives of the unsung heroes and heroines making a difference in their communities. Ask her what her favorite past time activities are and with enthusiasm she will say reading to school children, enjoying art and music and interior design.
Mearl has won eight Regional Emmy Awards, the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award, the equally prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and the J.C. Penny Missouri Award. The graduate of Jackson State University in Jackson, MS Mearl was trained to be a well-rounded journalist and learned how to write, edit, produce as well as anchor.
Her career assignments have been vast and impressive. A documentary on the life of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte took her to Paris, France and the French countryside. A personal trip to Phnom Penh, Cambodia ended with a special report after Mearl toured Tuol Sleng, the Genocide Museum, where Pol Pot’s murderous regime killed more than 12,000 people. From the horrors of what hatred can destroy to the power of what love can create, she calls her private moments with the Dali Lama – a ‘soul makeover’. Mearl has shared a stage with four world leaders including Desmond Tutu, Mikhail Gorbachev, U. S. presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.
Before starting her impressive tenure here in Memphis, Mearl reported and anchored in Charlotte, NC; New Haven, CT; Nashville, TN; and, Jackson, MS. She can be seen weeknights at 5, 6, 9 and 10 pm on FOX13 evening newscasts, and she invites FOX13 viewers and fans to always say hello while she is out in the community.
Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating Club members’ extraordinary achievements. The journey to being named National Youth of the Year begins locally and progresses to the state, regional and national levels. To achieve the title of Youth of the Year on any level, Club members must embody the values of leadership and service, academic excellence and healthy lifestyles. They should exemplify the critical impact Boys & Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people.
A Youth of the Year is selected in the local Club from a pool of members who have participated in a year-round recognition program. The local Youth of the Year serves as a role model for other young people in the Club and as a representative to the community.
Jyahyara Lawson is a senior at Kingsbury High School where she is a member of the school’s newspaper staff and varsity track team. She has been a member of Ira Samelson Boys & Girls Club for three years. She is a member of the Torch Club and leader within the Notes for Notes Music Studio. Before coming to the club, Jyahyara’s internal struggles caused anxiety in social situations. She has an incredible fear of engaging with others. However, she credits participating in Boys & Girls Clubs programming for helping her connect with her feelings and become courageous enough to come out of her shell. At a very young age she was diagnosed with cancer but faith, hard work and a steady support system has enabled her to beat the odds and live a full, healthy and active life. She plans to attend South West College after high school and becoming a licensed cosmetologist.
A huge than you goes to our sponsors for supporting the 5,000 kdis that pass through our doors every year. Their sponsorships enable us to provide programming designed to boost our youths' academic performance, encourage healthy lifestyles, and foster good character and citizenship.