NAPLES, Fla.- Retired NBA professional basketball player Shaquille O’Neal and ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale will be be joining the second annual Youth of the Year Celebration held by the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County on March 24.

The event will be held at 8:00 p.m. at Artis-Naples.

The Youth of the Year Celebration is part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Youth of the Year program, a national recognition program for club members. It was established to foster young people’s character, personal growth and leadership qualities.

For club members to participate in the Youth of the Year program, they must be nominated, write and present two speeches as well as gather letters of support. Community leaders serve as local judges who ultimately choose the Youth of the Year from four finalists. The Boys & Girls Club’s of Collier County Youth of the Year winner will be announced at the Celebration and go on to compete nationally for the opportunity to receive up to $50,000 in college scholarships and installment by the President of the United States.

The Youth of the Year Celebration individual program tickets are $50 and offered to those 10 years and older. Sponsorship opportunities which include a variety of benefits such as a VIP Reception and dinner are also available and begin at $1,000. For more information or to purchase tickets and/or sponsorships, visit http://www.bgccc.com/news-and-events/event/youth-year-celebration or call 239-325-1765.