Doug Taylor, a former Akron East High School football player and longtime youth development professional, has been named to a leadership post by Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland.
Taylor, an Akron native who now lives in Lyndhurst, is the new director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland’s Broadway Club, which has the highest attendance total among organization’s 13 sites. From ages 12 through 17, the Akron East graduate belonged to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve, where he was an active member, held Club leadership roles and got his first taste of organized basketball.
“I’m a Club kid, so this is a chance for me to give back,” Taylor said. He added, “It has always been in the back of my mind that I wanted to work for Boys & Girls Clubs. I feel like this (appointment as Broadway Club director) is sort of a reward for a lifetime of hard work.”
Injuries cut short Taylor’s college football career at the University of Pittsburgh, but he transitioned into youth development by accepting a position as a counselor and supervisor at The Summit Academy in Pittsburgh. After moving back to Northeast Ohio, he remained in the field, working at Signature Health and Cleveland Christian Home before being named to head Open Doors Academy’s program at Cleveland’s Mound School, where he interacted with many kids who attend the nearby Broadway Club.
“I really felt blessed to be given the opportunity to lead this Club,” Taylor said. Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland President and CEO Ron Soeder said, “Doug really brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the Club. As a former Club kid, he not only relates to our members but is respected by them.”
Taylor and his wife, Michelle, have been married for 20 years. They have three children: daughters Paris, 20, a junior at the United States Military Academy (West Point) and Peighton, 17, a Laurel School graduate who is headed to the Ohio State University in the fall, and son Douglas, 10, a student in the South Euclid-Lyndhurst School District.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland provides safe, fun places for kids ages 6-18 after school at locations throughout the city, focusing on healthy lifestyles, academic success and character development. Each day, an average of about 1,000 kids go to the Clubs.