Demetris “Dee-Dee“ James is an alumnus of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley. She joined the Girls Club of Christenberry Heights, which is now the North Ridge Crossing Club, when she was eight years old.
“My fondest memory of the Boys & Girls Club was when I won a poetry contest and my reward was to be dressed up as the Broadway show Cats performer Tom Tom. My makeup was done by a famous make up artist on camera by a news station. I also won tickets to the show, and my mom didn’t have a car so I took the director of the Club with me. The Boys & Girls Club gave me something to do, it showed me the potential I did not think I had, it put me in front of people and places I would not have ever had access to.”