BRADENTON, FL – Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube was honored as the first inductee into the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County Alumni Hall of Fame on Thursday, October 8. The announcement came during the Boys & Girls Clubs’ fundraiser, Homecoming – Party on the Porch, held at Palma Sola Botanical Park in Bradenton.
Dawn Stanhope, President of Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County invited Sheriff Steube to join her at the front of the room, where she presented him with an award that read, “With deep appreciation for your support and the positive influence you provide to Boys & Girls Club members and youth of our community. Your success provides an inspiring example to Club members that dedication and hard work will enable them to achieve a great future.”
Steube was a Club member in the late 60’s when it was the Boys Club. In 1967, he was named “Boy of the Year” for the Bayshore Boys Club. At that time, he was a member of the junior staff at the Club, where he demonstrated leadership and a willingness to help.
When addressing those in attendance, he recalled how he couldn’t wait to get to the Club every day and the valuable life lessons he learned.
“I believe that I wouldn’t be the man I am today if I didn’t go to the Boys Club,” said Steube.
After reflecting back, Sheriff Steube spoke of the value of the Boys & Girls Clubs today.
“There are thousands of kids that walk into the Boys & Girls Clubs, like I did when I was a kid. They get help with homework, work on computer skills, play sports and have fun with their friends. They are provided mentors that help them with life’s challenges. I’ve seen, too often, what a young person can turn to when they are unsupervised and have no place to go. The Clubs help to keep our kids on the right track,” said Steube.