LARGO, Fla. (July 15, 2014) – The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast has selected Parker Williams, a Seminole Middle School eighth-grader, as their youth ambassador to join 164 other youth during the 2014 Boys & Girls Clubs of America Triple Play Leadership Summit .The Summit will take place July 12 – 15 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and will focus on teaching young participants new ways to eat nutritiously, increase physical fitness and form positive relationships with peers and adults.
“We are proud of Parker and are excited to send him on this new adventure as a representative of our local Clubs,” said Nita Smith, president and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast. “He is an example of how hard work and commitment leads to success.”
The Triple Play Leadership Club Summit is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company and the Amerigroup Foundation, and is part of Triple Play, the signature health and wellness program for Boys & Girls Clubs around the country. The Summit provides Boys & Girls Club members with a positive leadership experience to engage and socialize with peers, hear from fitness and health experts, explore and discuss important healthy lifestyle issues, and create practical strategies and plans to implement at their local Clubs and in their communities. This year’s Summit will offer hands-on activities that include job-shadowing for sports-related career fields, wheelchair basketball, CPR, how to be an effective game facilitator, and a peer-led panel discussion on childhood obesity.
“Amerigroup recognizes the importance of teaching our children the benefits of a healthy lifestyle at an early age,” said Rosy Cozad, Amerigroup Florida president and CEO. “We are proud that we are making a positive impact on young people like Parker, and we look forward to continued efforts with the Boys & Girls Clubs to lay the foundation for a healthier generation.”
“At the summit, Boys & Girls Club kids learn how to lead healthy lives through balanced living – staying on track with nutrition education and physical activity. We are so pleased that exceptional kids like Parker will be able to impact their communities and peers through this opportunity,” said Erika Von Heiland Strader, director of community marketing, The Coca-Cola Company and two-time U.S. Olympian. “We’re also so grateful to the United States Olympic Committee for providing such an inspiring backdrop to this event for Triple Play kid-leaders throughout the country.”
Williams has overcome many obstacles in his lifetime to achieve success. He is the 2014 Junior Youth of the Year winner for the Ridgecrest Boys & Girls Club. He also received the Turn-Around Student of the Year award at Seminole Middle School, and he made honor role for the entire 2013-2014 school year. Williams was also acknowledged by the Pinellas County Housing Authority, who generously purchased new luggage for his upcoming trip.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Suncoast
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast is a registered 501c3 with 7 Clubs that serve Pinellas County community – 2 in St. Petersburg, 2 in Clearwater, and 1 each in Largo, Tarpon Springs, and Pinellas Park. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast serve more than 400 kids with after-school programs and summer camps. Our Clubs focus on programs that empower each member to achieve three priority outcomes: Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and the adoption of a Healthy Lifestyle. To learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast please go to http://www.bgcsun.org/.
About the Amerigroup Foundation
The Amerigroup Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Amerigroup, a wholly owned subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc., and the largest corporation focused solely on meeting the health care needs of financially vulnerable Americans. The Foundation works to create healthy communities by fostering access to health care, encouraging safe and healthy children and families, and promoting community improvement and healthy neighborhoods.