Amy Gibbons has been involved with the nonprofit and sports community for over 40 years.
After 18 years, she recently retired as the President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix. The organization serves over 27,000 youth annually through its clubs and programs and is recognized as one of the most effective and accountable organizations in the country.
Prior to serving with the Clubs, she held leadership positions with the Southern California Tennis Association, LA84 Foundation, the Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation, Super Bowl XXX and the YWCA of Maricopa County.
As a former tennis professional, she was the volunteer chairman of the USA National Junior Tennis League. Over 500,000 youth throughout the country, including Venus and Serena Williams, began playing tennis in this program. Amy held numerous board positions within the United States Tennis Association in Southern California and the Southwest. During her tennis career, she regularly worked with Billie Jean King, Arthur Ashe and Jack Kramer.
In her association with the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, she helped coordinate efforts to bring thousands of underprivileged youth to the Olympics.
Amy is involved in her community. She was a big sister with the Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters for 10 years, serves on the ASU Community Council and the Community Leadership Council of the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation. She also has been involved with the United Way, City of Phoenix Youth Commission and Phoenix Women’s Sports Association. Amy is currently on the Board of Trustees of the University of Phoenix.
Amy has received many awards for her commitment to the community. She was recently recognized by the Arizona Diamondbacks with their Community Service Award during “Evening on the Diamond.”
Amy is married to Gary Gibbons, PhD, and is the mother of two children and grandmother to Wyatt.
Tell us about an experience that got you interested in the sector.
I have been involved with the nonprofit sector for over 35 years. While working for the United States Tennis Association in Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to be involved with the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. My volunteer job for the Olympics was to help distribute tickets to the Games for underprivileged youth. This led to me starting the National Junior Tennis League program in Southern California that taught the game of tennis to over 5,000 youth each summer at 80 public parks. I raised the funding, equipment and resources to give kids the opportunity to learn the great game of tennis. Students included Venus and Serna Williams. This small nonprofit that began in 1983 continues today and teaches much more than tennis to youth – teamwork, hard work, social and competitive skills, sportsmanship, leadership abilities, etc.
What advice would you give to a leader trying to make a difference in their community?
Prepare, work hard and do what you love.