Boys & Girls Club Honors Jennifer Lopez

Boys and Girls Club

Not many people know that Jennifer Lopez's love of dance was fostered at an early age by the Kips Bay Boys & Girls club. But Lopez—who recently celebrated her sixth wedding anniversary with Mark Anthony—says she never would have become a dancer if not for the program started by Harold (now senior director of program development at Kips Bay) and his late brother, Larry Maldonado at the club.

"The Boys & Girls Club really opened my horizons, truly, when they started that dance program there,” Lopez told Latina.com at an event this morning. “When Larry & Harold started that program, I think they did that for a lot of girls and guys. It was really the beginning of me thinking I could do dance as a career. Before that, I just thought it was more fun, like a hobby."

In honor of her ongoing relationship with the Boys & Girls club, the non-profit organization unveiled a towering billboard today in Times Square, featuring a six-year-old Lopez in her Catholic school girl uniform. "I feel like I'm still that same girl in the picture with big dreams," the star admitted.

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