Over 150 attendees came out to hear a heartfelt story from our 2010 Youth of the Year, Melissa Endicott. The Youth of the Year program is designed to recognize an exceptional youth who excels in their local Boys and Girls Club as well as in the community and in academics. The contestants have an opportunity to participate at local, state, regional, and national levels.
The event was held at the DoubleTree Guest Suites in Bentonville on Thursday, March 11, 2010. We honored Melissa as well as the Youth of the Month recipients from our four clubs. In Melissa’s acceptance speech, she spoke of how the Boys & Girls Club of Benton County helped her discover the person she is today in spite of the difficulties she faced. She wants to use her life as a message for the younger kids coming to the club. She is able to do that today by working at the same club she grew up in, where she has the opportunity to mentor kids daily. In honor of Melissa’s achievements, she was awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the Ladies Auxiliary. She plans to attend the University of Arkansas in the fall.
We also had the privilege of hearing from a retired Harlem Globetrotter, Melvin Adams, who shared his story of overcoming negative circumstances in his life to achieve his dream of playing professional basketball. His passion for changing teenage culture came out through his message, which centered around the importance of being a positive role model in a young child’s life. Melvin has had the opportunity to share his story with over 4 million kids worldwide.
On behalf of the Boys & Girls Club of Benton County, we want to congratulate Melissa Endicott on receiving this prestigious award.