Remembering a Hometown Hero: Nicholas Martin​

Published by: BGCGTC-LIVE

Since February 2002, hundreds of Tarrant County children have been excitedly hopping off of our buses to enter their after school safe haven at our Nicholas & Louella Martin Branch.

This week we remember our hometown legend for which our building is named: Nicholas Martin (February 23, 1924 – January 1, 2021). Read the obituary of Nicholas Martin.

For decades Mr. Martin rallied for kids at Boys & Girls Clubs who he always believed simply needed the opportunity to succeed. His generosity opened the doors for thousands of children, sending them the powerful message, “You matter.” His passion for lifting up the mission and those it serves included providing fully paid scholarships for 16 Boys & Girls Club members to attend All Saints’ Episcopal School.

“The Nick Martin Scholarship and Nick Martin have played a monumental part of my life. Because of him, I was able to leave my underserved, poverty stricken community and successfully accomplish what was once unimaginable: being awarded the opportunity to attend and graduate from a college preparatory school, not only led me to receive a full scholarship to Rice University, yet it also instilled in me great values, work ethic, a positive attitude, and poised me to overcome many adversities along my continuing path. As I journey along the road less taken, I carry with me the inspiration of Nick which inspired me to create my own scholarship fund; so, I, too, can give unforeseen opportunities.” – Christopher Douglas-Oguneko, Club Alumni and Chief Executive Officer at River Oaks Hospital & Clinics.

His intentional goodwill and passion for helping others continues to inspire generations of givers. He never missed the chance to help and to ask others to join him in helping. In addition to the lives he touched through the Club, his impact extended to organizations including: Cook Children’s, the Fort Worth Zoo, The Cliburn, United Way, Red Cross, Museum of Science & History, Fort Worth Country Day, All Saints’ Episcopal School, Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center and more. Learn more about his impact on these organizations.

As the CEO here at the Club, his intensity of care motivated me to do a good job. I didn’t want to disappoint him. Here was a man who put so much care into our mission…as a volunteer. Throughout my career, I watched as one man’s life impacted so many others.

His legacy of service to the Club and community will not be forgotten.

Daphne Barlow Stigliano
CEO & President of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County

Top photo shows the framed image of Nicholas & Louella Martin which currently resides in our Nicholas & Louella Martin Branch of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County.

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