Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area (BGCAA) hosted its annual Great Futures Spring Luncheon on Tuesday, May 7 at the Fairmont Austin Hotel, located at 101 Red River St. Presented by American Campus Communities, the Great Futures Spring Luncheon brought together community leaders and philanthropists with some of the remarkable youth the organization serves, shining a light on the needs of thousands of local kids and teens and the significance of the community and local leaders uniting to address those needs.
The luncheon—held on the heels of the April 26 grand opening of BGCAA’s new 10-acre, 32,000-square-foot Home Club on the Sheth Family Campus in East Austin—included a VIP reception presented by HEB Tournament of Champions, featuring Jamaal Charles, former running back for The University of Texas at Austin who went on to play for the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos. Guests enjoyed a formal lunch and special keynote address by Chris Del Conte, vice president and athletics director at The University of Texas at Austin. Joined by Jamaal Charles, members from local Boys & Girls Clubs asked Del Conte, a former Club member himself, a series of questions about his interests, leadership, experience and much more.
A leader in the Longhorn and Austin communities since 2017, Del Conte has a wealth of experience that includes overseeing nationally competitive teams in football and other sports. From a childhood spent watching his parents run a group home for foster children to developing athletes and scholars at top-tier universities, Del Conte has lived a life marked by giving back and contributing to youth. He has been recognized throughout his career for developing winning programs, upgrading facilities, improving the fan experience and helping students excel on and off the field. His generosity sharing his time and stories with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area during the Luncheon is a testament to this.
“Our Great Futures Spring Luncheon is a great opportunity to highlight our Club kids and the impact they are having in our community today and the potential they have to change our city and the world,” said BGCAA CEO Misti Potter. “We were honored to have Chris Del Conte as our keynote, knowing the wonderful example of leadership he brings to UT and our community at large. His words inspired luncheon attendees, including our youth to who will be the leaders of tomorrow.”