TAMPA, FL.- An internationally known marathon runner and the local organization of a national program for children and youth will be honored by the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council of Boy Scouts of America at a May 11 fundraising event.
Meb Keflezighi and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay will receive the Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award at a breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Vaughn Center at the University of Tampa campus. Doors open at 7 a.m.
The award is named for the late African-American civil rights leader who served as executive director of the National Urban League and worked to end employment discrimination in the United States.
It recognizes outstanding service by an adult individual or by an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for youth from rural or low-income urban backgrounds.
The event benefits the Pathfinder District, which delivers the Scouting program at low- or no-cost to underprivileged youth in historically underserved areas of the community, said Rachelle Bedke, Council’s Vice President of Scout Reach and the Pathfinder District Chair.
“The award will be presented to two amazing honorees: Meb Keflezighi – winner of the New York marathon, Boston marathon, and an Olympic medal in the marathon who also works tirelessly to provide opportunities to underprivileged youth through his foundation – and to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay, our amazing partner,” Bedke states.
“We typically partner with other organizations with comparable missions, such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay. Those partnerships enable us to maximize the impact of our resources and share the lessons and values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law – leadership, personal fitness, self-sufficiency, love and appreciation of the outdoors – with more youth,” she added.
There is no charge to attend the breakfast, but attendees will be asked to make a financial pledge to the Scout Reach program. To register, see https://tampabayscouting.org/whitney2022