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J. Lo named Boys & Girls Club spokeswoman

New York -- Jennifer Lopez has been named the first spokeswoman for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the organization said Monday.

She joins 18-year veteran Denzel Washington as a celebrity face of the group.

The stars are to join clubs President Roxanne Spillett in speaking to reporters about the merits of the organization Tuesday at Nokia Plaza in Los Angeles.

"By inviting fellow-alumnus Jennifer Lopez to join him as national spokesperson, Denzel is expanding this key role to two people for the first time in the organization's 104-year history," the group said in a news release. "The announcement commemorates the 20th anniversary of the organization's name change from 'Boys Clubs' to 'Boys & Girls Clubs of America,' marking the expansion of the mission to reach all young people in need."

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