GREAT FUTURES START HERE: EXCEPTIONAL TEEN NAMED NEVADA YOUTH OF THE YEAR BY BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA

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Felix Cox set to receive college scholarship and vie for regional title this summer

Selected among seven outstanding youth, Felix Cox, Boys & Girls of Truckee Meadows has been named the Nevada Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for his sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community. Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. As the new teen representative for all Boys & Girls Clubs in Nevada, he will receive a $2,000 college scholarship via a private contribution from U.S. Senator Dean Heller and an additional $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation.

As BGCA’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. The recognition program encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. These extraordinary young leaders are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.

Bio information:
Felix Cox, Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows
Felix, 18, is a senior at Hug High School and is the captain of the varsity basketball team. Felix struggled to find his identity as a child; that is, until he was introduced to basketball at the Boys & Girls Club in sixth grade. Since then Felix became a leader at the Club and is currently the Keystone Club president and participates in several community service projects.  Felix’s future goals include becoming the first in his immediate family to graduate from college and attending law school to become a sports agent.

“Felix and all Youth of the Year nominees are living proof that Boys & Girls Clubs across the country are fulfilling their mission of inspiring and enabling young people to Be GREAT,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO, BGCA.  “We are most appreciative to Tupperware Brands for its long-time support of Boys & Girls Clubs and providing scholarships to help our members attain their goals.”

This summer, Cox will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members within the Pacific Region. If named regional winner, he will be awarded an additional $10,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands, the recognition program’s national sponsor. Five regional winners will advance toWashington,D.C., in September 2013, to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of up to $50,000 from The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of theUnited Statesin the White House.

“As a long time supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, I am proud of Tupperware’s involvement in the Youth of the Year program,” said Rick Goings, Chairman and CEO of Tupperware Brands Corporation. “We strongly believe in these future leaders of tomorrow and are proud to support their continuing education.”

For more information about the Youth of the Year program, visit www.bgca.org/yoy.

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