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. 

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 - Nyrone Hawkins

Nyrone Hawkins was born October 17 1969 in Montgomery, AL the fourth child to Martha Hawkins in a single parent household. Signed with Memphis State University in 1988 on a football scholarship. Obtained a degree in Communications from University of Memphis in 2007. Has been a leader in the Memphis non-profit arena for over 16 years. Has tirelessly work to improve the plight of the youth of Memphis and Shelby County and the overall imagine of the city. Inducted University of Memphis MClub Hall of Fame the Billy J. Murphy Award. Selected the 2020 University of Memphis Black Alumni Chapter Alumna of the Year. Married to wife Yolanda D. Hawkins of 18 years. We share a daughter Nyia Simone Hawkins. 

Email: nyroneh [at] bgcm [dot] org