Hottinger Receives National Award from Boys & Girls Club of America for Helping Launch New Local Club
COLUMBUS—State Senator Jay Hottinger
(R-Newark) today received the prestigious National Award of Merit from the Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA) for his efforts to secure funding in the state capital budget for the development of a Boys & Girls Club in Newark, Ohio.
BGCA chose Senator Hottinger for his desire to help at-risk youth and his leadership in securing funds in the amount of $750,000 for the program development and renovations to the site. The award is the highest honor that can be given to non-club affiliated individuals for their support of the mission of BCGA.
“I have a special place in my heart for youth in need, so it is a true honor to be part of today’s launch of the Boys & Girls Club of Newark and receive the National Award of Merit,” said Hottinger. “The Boys & Girls Club of America changes lives through their tremendous programs that help youth reach their full potential and develop into responsible citizens.”
Youth, ages 5-18, will have access to comprehensive after-school and summer youth development programming such as homework help, sports, leadership development, the arts and daily hot meals.
Expected to open in 2019, the Boys and Girls Club of Newark anticipates serving more than 300 youth and teens in the first year of operation. That number is expected to grow to 650 by the third year.