Watch As Chris Pratt Surprises Boys & Girls Club Members At The Movies
There's something so magical about going to the movies as a kid. The sugar rush of the concessions stand. The hush that sweeps over the audience as the lights go down. Thrilling action and surround sound for a couple hours. It's a treat.
And for 245 kids and chaperones from The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the movie-theater treat was extra-sweet this past week, thanks to a surprise appearance by a huge star.
At Empire Theatre in New York City, the group of kids and adults settled into their seats for an early viewing of "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," the latest sequel in the long-running saga. A couple of the students in the audience went down to the front for a pre-screening game: who could do the best impression of being scared by a T-Rex? After a couple funny reactions from the kids, real shrieks filled the theater as Chris Pratt, the movie's lead actor, appeared in the audience.
This wasn't the first or only time that Chris Pratt got involved with the Boys and Girls Clubs. Recently, the actor helped raise money to fund a new facility for the program in his hometown of Lake Stevens, Washington.
As for why he spends time giving back to groups like this one, the superstar said: "I feel as though I've been given an opportunity and a platform. I'm a person of faith; I believe there's a reason I've been given this opportunity. I think that the only way for me to pay off the debt that I would incur by getting such an amazing life is to just reach out to kids and to be there for them."
He certainly chose a good partner organization. The Boys & Girls Clubs of America has been around for more than 150 years. Nearly 4 million young people participate in its programs nationwide, connecting with mentors and participating in enriching programs.