2024 Great Futures Award Luncheon

CHATTANOOGA, February 21, 2024 – Today, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chattanooga held its annual Great Futures Teen Leadership and Scholarship award luncheon at The Westin Chattanooga, sponsored by Unum. Jasmine Thomas a senior at Howard School received the Club’s highest award, the David Fussell Outstanding Leadership Award which includes a $2,500 scholarship.

Jasmine Thomas, on the left, received the David Fussell Outstanding Leadership Award and a $2,500 scholarship, presented by LaTonya Lyons, on the right, 2022 Board Chair and Sharon Fussell, David’s wife, in the middle.

Jasmine, a senior, has been attending the clubs for 6 years and after graduating from Howard School this spring she will attend UTC to pursue a degree in marketing.

Jasmine Thomas, on the left, and Rachel Hargis, on the right, Corporate Social Responsibility manager at Unum.

Over 300 people gathered in the Portman Grand Ballroom at The Westin Chattanooga for a lunch and short program sponsored by Unum. In attendance were many civic leaders such as teachers, law enforcement, and county representatives. Hamilton County Schools were represented by Dr. Justin Robertson, Superintendent, and teachers from CGLA, Chatt Prep, Brainerd High School, Howard School, Tyner High School.

Shauntia Howard, a senior at Brainerd, in the middle, receives the Bright Futures’ Award and scholarship from LaTonya Lyons, past Board Chair, and Jim Morgan, Club CEO.

After graduating from Brainerd High School in the spring Shauntia plans to attend East Tennessee State University in pursuit of a degree in Business Management.

Kori Atkins, a freshman at Brainerd in the middle, receives the Rising Star Award and Scholarship from LaTonya Lyons, 2022 board Chair and Jim Morgan, Club CEO.

The Rising Star Award, which includes a $1,000 scholarship, recognizes the underclassman who regularly participates in Club programming, helps others and has the ability to accomplish much.

Holly Fussell, Business Communications Lead at Cigna Healthcare, was the Keynote Speaker, and provided memories of David Fussell, her father, and encouraged the Club’s teen leaders to always focus on teamwork and helping others.

David Fussell was the chief investment officer at Unum. He was a board member for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chattanooga and an active volunteer for many years.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Chattanooga provides teens with outcome-driven club experiences consisting of targeted programming and high-yield activities. Since 1977, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chattanooga has been recognizing its teen leaders (14-18) who have demonstrated academic achievement, regular club attendance and active leadership in the operation of their Unit.

Our mission is to enable young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Since 1955, the Boys & Girls Club of Chattanooga has helped put young people on the path to great futures. We put every child that walks through our doors on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future. We challenge children to push beyond their expectations, demonstrate good character and citizenship, and embrace a healthy lifestyle. We recognize accomplishments and encourage their dreams. In addition, all the while, we make it fun.