COLUMBUS—State Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) today was awarded the Champion of Youth Award by the Ohio Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, the highest honor from the organization. Hottinger was also recognized as an Honorary Lifetime Club Member.
The awards are in recognition of his dedication and service to all young people, both in the community and the club.
“One of my greatest passions in life is helping children and at-risk kids better their lives,” said Hottinger. “To receive these honors from an organization that I admire so much is very special.”
Hottinger previously received the prestigious National Award of Merit from the national chapter, the Boys & Girls Club of America, for his efforts in securing funding for the development of a Boys & Girls Club in Newark which opened last year.
“Senator Hottinger is exactly the type of public servant Clubs in Ohio had in mind when they established this, our highest state award. We are exceedingly grateful for the Senator’s stalwart support for the Boys & Girls Club and our mission. It is his continued focus on youth issues in Ohio as a whole that truly sets him apart,” said Adam Shank, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs Ohio Alliance.
There are 13 Boys & Girls Clubs in Ohio with 67 sites in 26 cities. Their mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need them the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.