During his nearly two-hour visit with Club members, Barden played Ping Pong with them and answered a host of questions. He also spoke to them about the importance of staying in school, doing their best, and following their passion. The clubhouse is located at 2020 N. Fair Oaks Avenue in Pasadena.
The Altadena-born Barden was a member of the Mackenzie-Scott branch in the late 1990s, where his favorite activity was basketball, and attended high school at Flintridge Prep in La Canada on a full scholarship. There he played football, basketball, volleyball, and competed in track and field. His athletic prowess earned him the title of High School Athlete of the Year for small schools.
Barden later attended Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo, and was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He was a member of the Giants Super Bowl XLVI championship team in the 2011 season and played with them until 2012. He is now a free agent.
"Ramses is proof that great futures start at the Boys & Girls Club, and he is a wonderful example of how our alumni continue to make a positive impact on the Club and the community," said Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Rachel Estrada. "It was such a pleasure to see how positively our teens reacted when talking with Ramses as they realized that anything is possible when they follow their dreams."
[The Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena was founded in 1937 and today serves more than 4,000 youth, ages 6 to 18, annually at two branch sites in the city of Pasadena. Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. We offer programs in five core areas: Education & Career Development; Character & Leadership Development; Health & Life Skills, Arts, and Sports, Fitness & Recreation.]