Through over 30 years of involvement with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, Mac Stalcup has created an admirable legacy for youth in the Knoxville area and beyond. A dedicated advocate for the kids, Mac spends much of his time outside of the spotlight, helping with the behind-the-scenes work that allows thousands of kids to benefit from the Club experience.
As a member of the Caswell Avenue Boys Club during his childhood, Mac experienced firsthand the impact the Club can have in the life of a young boy. He attended the after-school and summer programs for many years. The leadership and citizenship skills that he learned from Club staff are skills that he still uses today in his personal and professional life. Mac found a sense of belonging and usefulness that inspired self-confidence and the desire to succeed. Mac grew up close to a river and fished there often, so he especially values learning to swim at the Caswell Avenue pool. He accredits the Boys Club with developing in him the character that has led to his success today.
In 1981, Mac began his volunteer service to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley as a member of the Knoxville Advisory Board, which he would go on to chair for over twenty years. In 1986, Mac began to serve on the Corporate Board of Directors, becoming Vice Chair of the board in 2010 and taking over as Chairman in 2013. Mac has also served for a number of years as the Chairman of the Corporate Board Human Resources Committee.
In addition to his service on the Corporate Board, Mac has also aided with the planning, execution, and fundraising for countless events hosted by Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley. These include the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame Committee, the D.D. Lewis Celebrity Golf Tournament Committee, the Phillip Fulmer Golf Classic Committee, the Knoxville Open Championship Committee and Director of Player Hospitality, and volunteer work at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley Duck Race.
Mac’s dedication to the Boys & Girls Club movement has also led him to attend and lead several sessions at Tennessee Area Council meetings and attend BGCA National Conferences. Mac Stalcup is truly dedicated to serving the Boys & Girls Clubs not for personal gain or recognition, but because he believes in the cause and sees what a difference it made in his life and continues to make in the lives of young people today. He grew up in Knoxville and knows that if it were it for the Boys & Girls Clubs, he could have gone down a very different path. Instead, he says that he met some of his best friends at the Boys Club and found opportunities to use his talents productively. Throughout the years, the Boys & Girls Clubs have kept him busy as a volunteer. Despite his role as the Board leader, Mac enjoys working “in the trenches” for the Club’s special events. He continues to contribute his talents to the Clubs as the Chairman of the Corporate Board. “He’s the go-to person for advice on tough decisions,” says Lisa Hurst, President & CEO of BGCTNV. “No matter what is going on, I can call on Mac and he will always respond, because he makes the Boys & Girls Club a priority. He does it because he’s so committed to the kids and their success.”
In addition to serving the Boys & Girls Clubs, Mac is also a member of the City-Wide Service Club of Knoxville and an active member of Sharon Baptist Church. He is an avid softball player and has been inducted into both the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame and the Tennessee Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame. Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee Hall of Fame member Bunny Oakes says of Mac, “He is a true success story as an alumnus of our Club and an example of how the Club helped him develop into a person of great character and a strong community leader. Mac is so deserving of this recognition.”