Thanks to a Boys & Girls Club activity, Usher’s mother learned pretty early on that something other than sports, might be the right career path for the future five-time Grammy winner.
They were back in Chattanooga, Tenn., where Usher Raymond IV was born. And a young Usher had asked his mom, Jonnetta Patton, to come see him play football. So of course, she goes — “only to find Usher on the sideline, eating cookies,” she recalled to a crowd gathered outside the Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Headquarters in midtown this afternoon.
“So you can guess, we rethought that career,” Patton continued.
But apparently the Boys & Girls Clubs stayed on Atlanta’s 40 million-selling recording artist’s mind.
And Wednesday the organization paid tribute to its famous alumnus by unveiling a billboard of Usher at six-years-old. It’s part of its “Be Great” campaign featuring Denzel Washington, Martin Sheen, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and other celebrities to increase awareness of the Clubs, and