VISTA — Russell Wilson will represent all of California as Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Club of Vista. He was chosen from eight other Boys & Girls Club candidates.
The ceremonies were led by BGCA Alumna Lucille O’Neal, mother of Shaquille O’Neal. Wilson won a $10,000 scholarship from Tupperware Brands, the recognition program’s national sponsor as well as other scholarships.
Wilson will now compete regionally at the Pacific Region Youth of the Year competition in Huntington Beach in July. The regional winner competes at the national level and is given nearly $100,000 in academic scholarships.
The Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. BGCA’s 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. Youth of the Year encourages club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities.
“Russell overcame tremendous adversity as a child. Both parents were drug addicts and incarcerated. Wilson was thankfully adopted to a caring family and began to blossom at the Boys & Girls Club of Vista. He excelled at the karate program and became a very confident, compassionate and charismatic youth leader.