Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich Announces 2022 Champion of Youth: Don Palmer

Greenwich’s Youth of the Year program was established in 1969 to recognize club members who give back to their club and community. Recipients of the honor have demonstrated service to club, community, and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability.  

This year, 12 stellar applicants are hoping to be named the 2022 winner. The Youth of the Year Celebration will take place on Wednesday, April 6 at 6:00pm at Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. At this special event, the 2022 Youth of the Year will be announced.

Don Palmer with campers at Camp Simmons. Photo: Anne Marie Kristoff

Also being honored at the event is the 2022 Champion of Youth, Don Palmer. The Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich’s Champion of Youth award is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich supporter can achieve. The recipient is recognized as making a significant contribution of time and talent to the members and mission of the Club.

Don joined Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich in 1992 as the Aquatics Director and was quickly promoted to positions of greater responsibility and now serves as Vice President of Programs & Youth Development.

Police Chief Jim Heavey presented Don Palmer with a certificate of appreciation from the Greenwich Police Dept during awards night, April 6, 2017 Photo: Leslie Yager
Boys and Girls Club Don Palmer and GPD Captain Kraig Gray at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich 17th annual Thanksgiving dinner on Nov 26, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager. Nov 26, 2019

When Don’s not at his desk writing referral letters for members applying to college, or creating action plans for Camp Simmons, he’s coaching kids on winning checkers or chess. The list goes on. If he sees that someone looks like they are having a difficult day, he makes them a leader of an activity and encourages them to do their best.

The community recognizes that Don has been instrumental in helping thousands of children grow and reach their full potential through honesty, hard work and sportsmanship.  He is kind, firm and supportive and has a big heart. It is Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich’s honor to recognize Don Palmer’s unwavering commitment to the youth of Greenwich for the past 30 years. 

The Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. Winners go on to vie for the Connecticut Youth of the Year title and then participate in a regional and national competition.