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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Honey Brown
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Success Comes In Cans.

Birthplace

Born:
7/28/1958
Birth Location:
Los Angeles, California

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Honey Brown
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Success Comes In Cans.

Birthplace

Born:
7/28/1958
Birth Location:
Los Angeles
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Biography

Tim Richardson was born on July 28, 1958, in Los Angeles, California, to teenage parents, Christeale Dandridge and Irving Mothershed. His mother passed away when he was four years old, and he did not meet his father until he was thirty-five years old. Richardson’s grandmother, Alyce Dandridge, raised him and his brother, Lee, in South Central Los Angeles, in the Pueblo Del Rio Housing Projects.

Having recognized that Richardson was an honor roll student with a gift for creative writing and a talent for sports, his extended family decided that he and his brother needed an opportunity to get a better education. Richardson was invited to live with his Aunt Della and Uncle Bob Goodwin, the first African American network television screenwriter, who lived in Bel Air, California. Richardson attended University High School, formerly Warren G. Hardin High School, alongside the children of movie stars, and graduated in 1976.

Richardson played basketball for West Los Angeles Community College and was recruited to play for Chapman College (now University). When his scholarship ended, he began a work-study program that landed him his first position at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). Richardson married and began to work full-time, holding various leadership positions in the BGCA’s Program Services Department and attending classes at Chapman College; he received his B.S degree in business administration and marketing in 1986.

In 1987 Richardson joined the BGCA national staff to manage the Olympic Sports Program, a sports training and development initiative with funding from the United States Olympic Committee. Richardson managed the Fourth Cliff II Civil-Military Teen Apprenticeship Program, an alliance between the U.S. Army Reserve Command and community groups in thirteen cities. He was one of three civilian consultants invited by the Department of Defense to revamp youth services policy for all military branches and was the lead negotiator in affiliating all 461 on-installation military youth centers with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Prior to his appointment in June 2003 as Vice President of Military Services and International Projects, Richardson was BGCA’s Senior Director of Sports, Fitness and Recreation. Richardson conceptualized and developed a multi-element health and fitness initiative, managed a national vision screening care program, the Nike sponsored P.L.A.Y Sports Program and for eight years the Alumni Hall of Fame annual awards ceremony.

Richardson lives in Atlanta, Georgia and is married to Ayoka Chenzira.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Timothy Lee Richardson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Timothy Lee Richardson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Timothy Lee Richardson describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Timothy Lee Richardson describes his maternal great-grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Timothy Lee Richardson recalls being raised by his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Timothy Lee Richardson describes his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Timothy Lee Richardson describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Timothy Lee Richardson describes the origin of the surname Mothershed
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Timothy Lee Richardson talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Timothy Lee Richardson describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Timothy Lee Richardson recalls the sights and sounds of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Timothy Lee Richardson remembers Pueblo Del Rio in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Timothy Lee Richardson recalls his neighborhood in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Timothy Lee Richardson recalls Holmes Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Timothy Lee Richardson describes his early interest in reading
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Timothy Lee Richardson remembers his early interest in the arts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Timothy Lee Richardson describes his favorite pastimes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Timothy Lee Richardson recalls Thomas Alva Edison Junior High School in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Timothy Lee Richardson talks about Los Angeles' gang and drug culture
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Timothy Lee Richardson remembers the Watts riots
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Timothy Lee Richardson recalls his early interest in writing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Timothy Lee Richardson recalls moving to live with his aunt and uncle, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Timothy Lee Richardson recalls moving to live with his aunt and uncle, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Timothy Lee Richardson remembers University High School in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Timothy Lee Richardson recalls his introduction to jewelry making
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Timothy Lee Richardson remembers Los Angeles' Baldwin Hills neighborhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Timothy Lee Richardson describes his activities at University High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Timothy Lee Richardson recalls his social life in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Timothy Lee Richardson recalls enrolling at West Los Angeles College in Culver City, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Timothy Lee Richardson remembers his maternal grandmother's death
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Timothy Lee Richardson talks about his employer, Neil Aronow
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Timothy Lee Richardson recalls his decision to attend Chapman College in Orange, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Timothy Lee Richardson recalls his introduction to the Boys Clubs of America
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Timothy Lee Richardson remembers Chapman College in Orange, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Timothy Lee Richardson talks about his first marriage
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Timothy Lee Richardson recalls the Boys Clubs of America's Olympic sport program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Timothy Lee Richardson recalls Boys and Girls Clubs of America's partnership with Nike, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Timothy Lee Richardson talks about the Boys and Girls Clubs of America
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Timothy Lee Richardson recalls his work with the United States Olympic Committee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Timothy Lee Richardson describes the Boys and Girls Clubs of America's partnership with the U.S. military, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Timothy Lee Richardson describes the Boys and Girls Clubs of America's partnership with the U.S. military, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Timothy Lee Richardson talks about his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Timothy Lee Richardson describes his plans for the future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Timothy Lee Richardson describes his hopes and concerns for African American youth
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Timothy Lee Richardson reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Timothy Lee Richardson describes the impact of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Timothy Lee Richardson reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Timothy Lee Richardson shares his message to future generations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Timothy Lee Richardson narrates his photographs