Cameron Butler is a 17-year-old Oak Cliff community native and senior at South Oak Cliff High School. He started attending the Oak Cliff Boys & Girls Club at 6-years-old. Initially, Cameron attended the Club to be like his older sister. He credits the Club for helping him develop leadership qualities, being his family away from home, developing his athletic skills and introducing him to his lifelong friends.
Cameron is ranked in the top 8% of his senior class and states that if it wasn’t for the Club, he wouldn’t be in the position he is today. He is active in many of the Club’s programs including Passport to Manhood, Collegiate STEPS and the Oak Cliff Keystone Club, in which he holds the positions of Treasurer and Director of Historical Records. He also participates in the organization’s athletic leagues, which have positioned him for possible scholarship opportunities from Baylor University, Louisiana State University, University of New Mexico and Oklahoma State University.
Cameron has accumulated over 250 hours of community service at the Club. Always respectful to those around him, helpful, kind-hearted and compassionate, he embodies the values of leadership, service, academic excellence and healthy lifestyles. This young man exemplifies the critical impact of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas on the lives of young people.
Cameron expresses, “I’ll forever appreciate what the Oak Cliff Boys & Girls Club did for me and continues to do. At first, they were just words I was too young to understand, but now I get it. Everyone that works with the members actually works for us, for its members, and for that, I’m grateful. For everything the Club stands for, ‘Thank you’ will never be enough, so the day I get a chance to give back will be the day I can show my appreciation. To me, the Boys & Girls Club was, and is, family.”