Each year, Boys & Girls Clubs of Mason Valley recognizes the youth, volunteers and members of the community who go above and beyond at their Youth of the Year banquet. Chris Ault, former head football coach for the Nevada Wolf Pack, has been announced as the keynote speaker for this year’s ceremony, held on January 24 in Yerington. Ault served more than 25 years for the Wolf Pack, among other teams, until retiring at the end of the 2012 season. Ault left a mark on the football world when he created the pistol offense, a formation largely used by the Wolf Pack and several NFL teams.
“Ault is one of the biggest speakers we’ve ever had at this event,” said CPO Travis Crowder. “He’s a local legend.” Former Wolf Pack tight end Virgil Green has also spoken at the event.
Youth of the Year is a national contest across all Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Representatives from each local Club compete on a state level, a regional level, and then a winner is picked on the national level. The night is also used to recognize exceptional youth, staff, volunteers and community members. Awards such as Member of the Year, Champion of Youth and Great Futures Start Here are given throughout the night.
“It’s a great opportunity to give recognition to those who deserve it,” Crowder said.
Nine teens are up for the title of Youth of the Year this year. The winner will move onto the state competition in Carson City, NV in February where they will compete against teens against other Clubs in Nevada, like Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows.
Tickets are on sale for $40 a seat, or $350 for a table of eight. You can purchase tickets at the Club’s Yerington Site, or by calling 463-2334.