Bristol Boys & Girls Club receives two honors

Published on Wednesday, 5 December 2018 19:53


BRISTOL – The Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center received the two highest honors an individual and an organization are able to receive within a region, at the 2018 Northeast Leadership Conference of Boys & Girls Clubs of America in Baltimore.

The conference commenced with Boys & Girls Clubs of America President, Jim Clark presenting the Blue Spirit Award to Michael Suchopar, President and CEO of the local club.

The Blue Spirit Award is the highest honor bestowed by the President of BGCA to a local club professional in a region. The award recognizes an individual who demonstrates the mission of the club and goes above and beyond to drive impact and make a difference.

“I am honored to share this award and recognition with the many dedicated staff, volunteers and supporters who make it possible for our organization to have such a profound impact on the lives of countless children and families,” said Suchopar. “We are blessed with many individuals who, because of their unique talents, make us a unique youth service organization.”

The Bristol Boys & Girls Club was also presented with the “Driving Great Futures Northeast Gold Award.”

This award recognized the local club’s role in “paving the way for Boys & Girls Clubs.”

“This award acknowledges the vast number of total children served as well as the provision of high impact programs in a unique variety of settings,” said Clark. “The organization is widely recognized for its innovative and relevant programs and its sensitivity to the ever changing and challenging needs of today’s children.”

There are approximately 4,300 Boys & Girls Clubs in America that are divided into five geographical regions.

Clark said that the Bristol Club was selected for recognition because of its “passion, dedication and continuous pursuit of high quality services that enhance the lives of children, stands out amongst an extensive network of individuals and organizations throughout the country.” It was also chosen because its “commitment to the development of children who are well educated, happy, healthy, loving and socially conscious is nationally recognized.”

The Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center has provided services to children and families in the Greater Bristol area for over 100 years.

“Serving over 50,000 children and their families each year, the organization strives to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens,” said Suchopar. “Our long standing programs are enhanced by the innovative and highly effective programs provided by Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center.”

For more information on the Bristol Boys and Girls Club, located at 255 West St., call 860-583-4734 or visit

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Wednesday, 5 December 2018 19:53. Updated: Wednesday, 5 December 2018 19:55.