Boys and Girls Club SWAT Clubs Receive the 2010 Youth Environmental Stewardship Award in Martin County
By Barry Hummel, Jr., MD, Quit Doc Research and Education Foundation

On February 2, 2010 Keep Martin Beautiful presented the SWAT Clubs from the Boys and Girls Club of Martin County with the 2010 Youth Environmental Stewardship Award. Representatives of the East Stuart Boys and Girls Club were among the 220 guests and 51 nominees that attended the annual ceremony at Piper's Landing Yacht and Country Club.

SWAT - Environmental Stewards 2011

The Environmental Stewardship Awards recognize professionals, businesses, governmental agencies, civic groups, schools, and youth groups who made significant contributions to protecting the environment in Martin County. The SWAT Clubs at the five Boys and Girls Club sites received the award for their work on local tobacco litter clean-up projects throughout the year, including a county-wide beach cleanup held in conjunction with the Single Fin Showdown on Stuart Beach in March, 2010. The groups also participated in the International Coastal Cleanup in September 2010, during which over 19,000 cigarette butts were removed from local waterways and coastal areas.

Single Fin Showdown

The SWAT Clubs are sponsored by The Quit Doc Research and Education Foundation, as part of their management of the Community-Based Tobacco Prevention Programs through the Florida Department of Health. The SWAT Clubs have been participating in tobacco litter cleanups to demonstrate the need for some local ordinances aimed at correcting the litter problem by restricting tobacco use in environmentally sensitive areas, such as parks and beaches.

Keep Martin Beautiful, which sponsors the Environmental Stewardship Awards, is a non-profit volunteer-based, community action organization located in Martin County, Florida. Their mission is to preserve and enhance the quality of life in the local community through litter prevention, beautification and community improvement, waste reduction, and environmental stewardship education.

For a complete list of this years winners, read this article posted at TCPalm, part of Scripps Interactive Newspapers.