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William "Bill" Parks
2024 Hall of Fame Inductee

Bill Parks' dedication to the Boys & Girls Clubs spans over five decades, making him a true champion for youth development.  This journey began as a member himself of the Boys Club in Marlborough, from 1967 to 1974, experiencing firsthand the positive impact of the Clubs. This early connection ignited a passion that would shape his career.


During his time as a member, he built friendships, honed his basketball skills, and participated in various activities.  While the Club was initially for boys only, a pivotal moment occurred thanks to Bill's sister.  Her inclusion, perhaps through a memorable incident, likely influenced the Club to open its doors to girls, instilling in Bill a sense of inclusivity that would shape his leadership later in life.


By high school, the Club offered him his first job.  He worked in various areas, gaining valuable skills like public interaction and working with children.  These experiences not only fostered his personal growth but undoubtedly deepened his understanding of the positive impact the Clubs have on young people.


Another turning point came with Bill's basketball talent.  Being recruited by Fitchburg State College not only fueled his athletic passion but made him the first member of his family to attend college.


Following his graduation from Marlboro High School in 1974, Bill pursued higher education, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Fitchburg State University in 1979.  Further solidifying his commitment to the BGC mission, Bill completed the BGCA Management Training Program in 1984.


Bill's exceptional leadership qualities were recognized early on.  He embarked on a distinguished career, serving as Executive Director at the Billerica BGC from 1980 to 1986, followed by the Waltham BGC from 1986 to 2002.  This dedication to empowering young people extended beyond his direct leadership roles.  From 2002 to 2004, Bill leveraged his expertise as a Consultant for the Jason Foundation for Education.


In 2004, Bill became Chief Executive Officer of the BGC Greater Westfield, a position he held until his well-deserved retirement in 2022.  His tenure at BGC Greater Westfield was marked by transformative growth and an unwavering commitment to serving the community's youth.  Under Bill's visionary leadership, the organization's budget skyrocketed from $600,000 to a staggering $3.7 million by 2022.  This fiscal strength translated into a significant expansion of resources and opportunities for Westfield's youth. 


Bill's exceptional leadership and dedication have been recognized throughout his career.  He is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the 2022 National Service to Youth award from BGCA and induction into the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield Wall of Fame.


The Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest are honored to induct Bill Parks into their Hall of Fame.  His lifelong commitment to empowering young people is an inspiration to all.

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