Saturday, January 29, 2022

Sugar Ray Leonard as special guest for BGCCC



PHOTO-1-The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County recently announced that retired championship boxer and Boys & Girls Club alumni, Sugar Ray Leonard will be the special guest for the third annual Youth of the Year Celebration. The event will be held on March 2 at 8 p.m. at  Artis—Naples and is centered on the remarkable accomplishments of 20 local Youth of the Year nominees.

Sugar Ray Leonard was seven when he joined the Boys & Girls Club of Washington where he attributes learning traits such as pride and independence. His illustrious career includes being the first boxer to win world titles in five different weight classes and the gold medal at the 1976 Olympic games. As a retired boxer and Boys & Girls Club alumni, Sugar Ray Leonard is a champion for youth and devotes himself to the community, helping those in need. He gives back through the “Sugar” Ray Leonard Foundation, which supports education, health care and job training and has served as the international chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk for a Cure for many years.

“It is an honor to have Sugar Ray Leonard as our special guest for the Youth of the Year Celebration. He is a great role model for our youth and epitomizes the character of a true champion,” said Theresa Shaw, President /CEO at the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County.

Youth of the Year is Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program for club members and was established to foster young people’s character, personal growth and leadership qualities. To participate in the program, candidates must be nominated, present a variety of speeches and gather letters of support. Community leaders serve as local judges who ultimately choose the Youth of the Year winner from three finalists.

The Youth of the Year Celebration will honor nominees ages 14-18 and the 2014 Youth of the Year winner will be recognized at the event. Each Club’s Youth of the Year will then go on to compete statewide, regionally and nationally to receive up to $50,000 in college scholarships and installment by the President of the United States.

For more information or to purchase tickets and/or sponsorships, visit or call239-325-1718.

The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County (BGCCC) is a non-profit, youth development organization, which annually serves 3,000 of the most at-risk children and teens in Collier County. The Club provides a safe, positive place where local youth can acquire: academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. The Boys & Girls Club is dedicated to its mission, which is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. To learn more about the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County or to arrange a tour, call 239-325-1700 or visit

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