Hwang named 2014 ‘Champion of Youth’


State Rep. Tony Hwang was named a ‘Champion of Youth. Shown, from left, are Tim Cepetelli, unit director, Wakeman Boys & Girls Club’s Stratfield Clubhouse; Tim Kiernan, Boy of the Year, Southport Clubhouse; Hwang; Amanda Bow, Girl of the Year, Southport Clubhouse; and David Blagys executive director, Wakeman Boys & Girls Club.

State Rep. Tony Hwang received the 2014 “Champion of Youth” award given annually by the Connecticut Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs at its annual legislative breakfast at the State Capitol on Feb. 27.

“I am thrilled to receive the statewide Boys & Girls Club ‘Champion of Youth’ award,” Hwang said. “The statewide alliance is an organization that has positively impacted the lives of young men and women for over 100 years and to be chosen by their statewide recognition is an incredible honor and privilege.

“The Boys & Girls Clubs is all about kids,” he added. “Their programs support and empower young people to develop a stronger body, a stronger mind and most importantly a stronger heart to care and interact within their community.”

Wakeman-Southport Club Youths of the Year Amanda Bow (Fairfield Ludlowe High School) and Tim Kiernan (Fairfield Prep) also participated in the award ceremony.

“Through their work, they will have a brighter future filled with hope and promise,” Hwang said of the pair. “Those students will succeed and make an impact in their communities. Whether they do that as successful doctors, scientific researchers, entrepreneurs who provide others with jobs, teachers, community volunteers, or as loving parents raising a new generation of young people; as they succeed, the world becomes a better place.”

“Tony has been a fantastic ambassador for the youths of the Boys & Girls Club,” said David Blagys, executive director, Wakeman Boys & Girls Club. “He has always been there to advocate and be our voice at the State Capitol.”

The award honors members of the executive branch or legislature who have consistently supported and advocated for the expansion of youth services.  The annual Connecticut Boys & Girls Club legislative breakfast is named after former state Rep. Richard Belden, who actively advocated for the advancement of young people and was admired by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle during his service in the General Assembly. This year’s breakfast marked the beginning of National Boys & Girls Club Week.

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