Daniel Anderson, a freshman at Rogers High School, was named the 2005 Youth of the Year for the Boys and Girls Club of Spokane County earlier this month.
Anderson has been a member of Boys and Girls Club since it opened three and a half years ago.
“Being recognized as the youth of the year means I am a valued member of the club and that I’m working to achieve my goals. I really like helping others, especially the younger kids. I try to be a positive role model for them,” said Anderson.
Locally, the club provides programs and services to 1,645 young people, ages 6 to 18. The club offers programs in arts and crafts, athletics, education and technology, nutrition and wellness, social recreation and a teen program.
Anderson said he’s become very close to the staff at the club. He can share his problems and bounce ideas off program director and friend Leigh Hernandez.
“I’m committed to my club, to being a good person to everyone around me, and having fun,” said Anderson.
The award recognizes Anderson for his leadership skills, academic achievements and outstanding service to the Boys and Girls Club and the community.
Anderson plans to go to college and would like to play basketball. He was recently presented with a basketball signed by the Gonzaga University’s men’s team to honor him for Youth of the Year.
Anderson will compete for the Washington State Youth of the Year title April 12 and 13 in Olympia.
Five regional winners selected from the state winners will compete for the national honor in Washington, D.C., where the president will install the winner in a White House ceremony in September. The national winner also will receive a $10,000 scholarship from Reader’s Digest Foundation, sponsor of the program.
The club is at 544 E. Providence Ave., and is open from 3 to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For information about the club, call 489-0741.
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