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Shane Victorino Chokes Up At Dedication Of Community Center He Helped Rebuild

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Kids in the Nicetown section of Philadelphia are settling into a newly renovated activities center that bears the name of Phillies’ centerfielder Shane Victorino.

And the Flyin’ Hawaiian got emotional at ceremonies officially opening the Shane Victorino Nicetown Boys and Girls Club.

“Then I know for the rest of my life that I’ll make an impact on this community,” Victorino said, his voice cracking, “that I can come back, say, 30 years from now, my kids can come back and say, ‘Look at what my dad did for our community.’ ”

The club, across from Gratz High School, now has a full-size gym, a game room, and a tech center.

Victorino says he was hit with the enormity of making a difference for a child.

“I think the emotional fact of, hopefully, one of these kids will someday say that Shane Victorino made an impact in my life,” he said following the ceremony.

Victorino’s foundation pledged $1 million to renovate the 105-year-old building.

Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • Diana

    thank you shane for restoring the nicetown boys and girls club! i attended the club from 1962 thru 1968 and have many memories from the club. they use to charge a small fee to be a member and i still have the cards they gave you to show your membership. they also used to have a day camp that was so much fun to be part of! i hope the next bunch of kids utilize and love the club like i did and walk away with so many happy and fond memories. i wish the nicetown boys and girls club good luck and take care of the new gereration that will attend!!

  • petluvr

    A true example of an amazing and generous human being and athlete. We are so lucky to have him in our community ! WE LOVE YOU !!! Go Phillies too :))))

  • tracy

    Shane, you are a true gentleman!! That is a wonderful thing you did!!!

  • Jim

    Great story about a great guy!

  • kate

    kudos to Shane– his children should be proud of having a father like this in their lives. certainly Philadelphia is honored to acknowledge him and for more than just being a good ball player.
    he is a real man

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