Tom Ewart honored as Champion for Youth by Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee
FLORENCE, S.C. − The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area honored Tom Ewart as the 2018 Champion For Youth during the tribute Tuesday at the Waters Building in downtown Florence.
Ewart, who has been a board member at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area for 13 years and previously was a board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Sumter, was honored for his involvement in bettering children’s lives. Ewart is the 16th Champion of Youth.
“It’s about the kids,” Ewart said. “It’s not about me. Let’s honor them tonight.”
During the program, board member Calvin Robinson, who is also a pastor at Trinity Baptist Church, led the invocation. The 2018 Lake City Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year Asiana Gaskins-Nelson spoke on what the Boys & Girls Club has meant to her.
Allie Brooks, a 2009 recipient of the Champion For Youth award, introduced Ewart.
Over the past 13 years, Ewart has served with the Pee Dee Area Girl Scouts, United Way, The School Foundation of Florence, the Chamber of Commerce and the Eastern Carolina Community Foundation.
Ewart said his parents played a big part in his wanting to serve the community.
“I was blessed to have parents who instilled in me to always help those who are less fortunate than we were,” Ewart said. “When I started my career and had two children, and I looked around and said, ‘I’ve got to find an organization where I can help folks that are a little less fortunate.’ The Boys & Girls Club fit that bill.”
Ewart said he has always tried to invest in the community around him.
“When there’s young folks involved and there’s quality of life issues where you can make life better for the next folks that come along, that is what I try to be involved with,” Ewart said.
According to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee area executive director Neal Zimmerman, the selection of the honoree is based upon extraordinary service to children in the community. Each year, past honorees and a committee of the board put together a list of nominees, and the board votes on the winner.
“He’s probably one of our most vocal advocates for the Boys & Girls Club,” Zimmerman said.
Zimmerman said Ewart has been vital to the Boys & Girls Club’s growth and development.
“He’s the same today as he was 13 years ago,” Zimmerman said. “Whether it is 1,300 or 3,500 kids, he’s been the same.”