L-R: State Rep. Scott Lipps, State Rep. Sarah LaTourette, State Senator Frank LaRose, Mel Herncane (Resource Development Director, Boys & Girls Club of Massillon), State Rep. Thomas West

State Representative Sarah LaTourette (R-Chesterland) was presented with the 2018 “Legislative Champion” Award by the Ohio Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs.

“I am honored to be recognized by the Ohio Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs with this award,” LaTourette said. “The amazing work that the Boys & Girls Clubs do for Ohio’s youth has consistently impressed me, and I’m convinced that the Clubs’ involvement in our communities enhances Ohio’s bright future.”

Representative LaTourette has been a staunch advocate for Ohio’s Boys & Girls Clubs. She has spent time at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland at several Club sites, talking with teens about their aspirations and career goals. She has served as a “Celebrity Reader” at the Clubs, reading stories and playing games with the younger youth. Additionally, LaTourette has helped the entire Ohio Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs by supporting an amendment to include funding for the Clubs in the state’s biennial budget in her position on the Ohio House Finance Committee.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to honor Representative LaTourette for her work with our Clubs,” said Ron Soeder, President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland. “She always has an open door for us, works with us on our policy and funding needs, and spends valuable time with our youth. We are very pleased to present her the well-deserved Legislative Champion award.”

The Ohio Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs each year presents “Legislative Champion” awards to state legislators who have supported the Boys & Girls Clubs across the state in their mission to enable all young people, especially those who need them most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

The Ohio Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs serves over 40,000 youth at 64 Club sites in 21 cities throughout Ohio. Clubs provide out-of-school time programming that gives youth access to mentors and programs that will challenge them to achieve in school, develop a strong moral compass and make healthy lifestyle choices.

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