BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF THE EMERALD COAST HONORED TO DISPLAY THE TAYLOR HAUGEN FOUNDATION TRAVELING TROPHY
FORT WALTON BEACH, FL (June 25, 2013) – The Taylor Haugen Foundation (THF) was created to honor the memory of the 15-year-old Niceville High School student who passed away after an injury sustained during a football game on August 30, 2008. The foundation emulates all of Taylor’s wonderful qualities – devotion to his faith, family, friends, academics, sports, and most importantly his mantra of ‘Don’t Quit. Never Give Up.’ THF provides support and recognition to faith-based, athletic students and community organizations through awards, scholarships and funding. In conjunction with the All Sports Association, every year the THF presents the Taylor Haugen Trophy and award to a local athlete. The trophy recognizes faith-based, student athletes who have persevered and dynamically improved in their sport over time, community-oriented citizen, and achieves high academic success. The THF trophy travels to different locations throughout the year and remains on display for several weeks or months at each location to spread Taylor’s message and bring awareness of the foundation.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast has been selected as the organization to display the THF Trophy throughout the summer. The trophy will travel to four of BGCEC’s Clubs and remain on display at each Club for two weeks. BGCEC’s Fort Walton Beach, Milton, DeFuniak Springs and South Walton Clubs have the honor of displaying the trophy. The trophy and its purpose will bring awareness to Club kids and teens about who Taylor Haugen was and how his qualities were the same Boys & Girls Clubs aim to instill in young people. The trophy was presented to the Fort Walton Beach Club by the 2013 Taylor Haugen Foundation trophy winner, Haley Wagner.