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Cowboys tight end and Dallas Wings guard Skylar Diggins Smith were both inducted into the Boys Girls Club Alumni Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas Wednesday evening.

Witten first went to the Boys Girls Club at the age of 11 when he and his family moved to Tennessee. Diggins Smith first joined the St. Joseph County chapter as a first grader. For both, the occasion brought back happy childhood memories.

“Probably more than anything else, there was a lot of late night sleepovers that my friends and I did at the club,” Witten said with a smile creeping across his face. “More than anything else, it was the basketball leagues that I had, the competition. It was a great avenue for me to form my love for sports. It was much bigger than that because it was positive role models that encouraged me and were a voice for me to talk to about things and challenges.

“It was a neat place to go. It wasn’t punishment,” Witten added. “It was somewhere I wanted to be.”

Diggins Smith credited the Boys Girls club for helping her grow her love of basketball at a age.

“I really developed my passion for basketball, getting to go to the Club,” Diggins Cheap Jerseys
Smith said. “I remember telling my mom, ‘Just a few more minutes, just a few more minutes,’ and her having to drag me off the court like every day. I just never wanted to leave there. It was just a safe haven in our community.”

Diggins Smith and Witten were just two of the inductees this year. The rest of the class included WWE star Paul “Triple H” Levesque, actor Anthony , MLB players association executive director Tony Clark, cosmochemist Dante Lauretta and oncologist Philip Schein.

Both Witten and Diggins Smith credited their experience at the Boys Girls Club as an inspiration for their own community service. Witten was named the NFL Man of the Year in 2012 for his work in the community. Diggins Smith created her own basketball camp series, the Shoot 4 the Sky tour, and is still involved with the Boys Girls Club.

“Definitely that coupled with so many things, growing up with parents that just taught me the importance of giving back to the community,” Diggins Smith said, looking at her parents who flew from South Bend, Indiana, for the event.

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