Youth of the Year

Cole Snider was named the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito (BGCSD) 2019 Youth of the Year at the Youth of the Year Celebration held at the Del Mar Racetrack in August. The award acknowledges the leadership, community service, and academic and healthy lifestyle achievements of teens ages 14 through 18. Cole has volunteered over 100 hours at the Griset Clubhouse in Encinitas, beautifying the community garden by planting, cleaning, and painting. He has also coached a sixth grade basketball team through the Elementary Hoops program and, with his brother, created basketball skills clinics called “Access Basketball” that are offered free to club kids.

“Growing up I spent so much time at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito in various basketball programs, but I never stopped to think about how the club was shaping those years,” Cole said. “Now that I am older, I realize that not only did BGCSD influence my childhood, the programs that I participated in taught me valuable life lessons and character traits. I learned how much the club really changes and influences our community in a positive way, especially by providing a safe place for children and youth who are not as fortunate in their living circumstances.”

Cole will receive a $1,000 educational scholarship sponsored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Foundation. “BGC San Dieguito represents, to me, the best parts of myself, and I know that I will never forget everything that the club has taught me, and that as I grow older those life lessons will only become more valuable.”

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