- Woodcraft Rangers Alumni Marcellus Wiley recognized at Excellence Gala –
Los Angeles, CA – On July 31st Woodcraft Rangers will present its Alumni Excellence Award to Marcellus Wiley, 10 year NFL-Veteran and Analyst for ESPN, during its Excellence Gala at the Japanese American Culture and Community Center. Wiley graduated from Columbia University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in sociology. Marcellus Wiley is a former All-Pro defensive end and is an NFL analyst for ESPN, and a cohost of Max & Marcellus on 710AM ESPN Radio Los Angeles featuring lively discussions on the day's top sports news and events. Marcellus Wiley, best known as a San Diego Charger in Southern California was a second round pick of the Buffalo Bills in the 1997 NFL Draft. He played for four teams throughout his NFL career. Wiley is also known for being named Walter Payton Man of the Year three times, recognizing his off the field community service.
Marcellus Wiley's history with Woodcraft Rangers goes back to his youth and attending Summer Camp which has provided traditional camping experiences to Los Angeles youth for over 92 years. Campers experience archery, wilderness and leadership skill building, hiking, traditional campfire ceremonies, and much more build strong bonds with their fellow campers and counselors that last beyond the summer.
Woodcraft's unique expanded learning programming serves up to 15,000 students each day, the Nvision program is offered at over 60 schools, parks, and community centers. Their activities range from soccer to robotics, video production and dance embodying the Common Core Standards. They continue to engage and inspire the youth they work with on a daily basis. Woodcraft Rangers continues to expand upon the extended learning opportunities providing through their enriched afterschool programming infused with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), sports, and leadership. Woodcraft Rangers after school programs enhance participants' social, cognitive, motor and fitness skills. Since inception, programs have impacted the lives of over 1.1 million Southern California Youth.
Marcellus Wiley is a great inspiration and example of how the Nvision program impacts the lives of children throughout Los Angeles County. CEO Chris Johnson says, "Our Nvsison Programs can serve as the positive factor in the developing of a young child's life. With Marcellus Wiley being one of those impacted youth in Southern California, we anticipate our youth look up to a prominent role model and strive for a positive future. It is an honor to recognize him at our Excellence Gala."
[Woodcraft Rangers is a nonprofit, tax-exempt California corporation under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.]