Columbia, S.C. – Today, Healthy Learners (HL) announced Tom Keith as the recipient of the 2019 Healthy Learners Champion for Children Award.

The “Healthy Learners Champion for Children Award” honors an individual who has served as an advocate for children and brought attention to their needs through volunteerism, financial support and overall commitment to HL. Given by HL and their Board of Trustees, the award will be presented to Keith during the 20th Annual Healthy Learners Champions for Children Golf Tournament in Memory of George Younginer, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at the Fort Jackson Golf Club in Columbia, SC.

Keith has been actively involved with HL over the last two decades. He has led Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina’s support of HL, he received HL’s “In All Things Charity” award in 2004, and he was instrumental in guiding them through a leadership transition and the hiring of their new executive director.

“Tom has consistently demonstrated his long-term commitment to increasing access to health care for children and to advancing the mission of Healthy Learners,” said Matthew Roberts, chair of the Healthy Learners Board of Trustees and chair of Nexsen Pruet’s Health Care Practice Group. “He is truly deserving of the Champion for Children award this year. For almost three decades, Tom has been a leader in South Carolina on issues related to helping children in need. His work has impacted thousands of children’s lives over the years and we are honored to be able to recognize him.”

“Healthy Learners has been an important part of my life for the last 26 years. I am honored to be part of such a wonderful organization. Children’s health is something we must not ignore, and Healthy Learners does a great job of helping children become healthier every day,” said Keith.

About Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, founded in 1996. Their mission is to address the needs of those experiencing poverty throughout the state of South Carolina. Through the strategic use of resources, they seek to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.

About Healthy Learners

Healthy Learners was founded in 1992 based on the belief that children learn better when they are healthy.  A ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, Healthy Learners has five programs that serve 150 schools across twelve (12) South Carolina school districts. The counties served are Allendale, Dillon, Fairfield, Georgetown, Greenwood, Lexington and Richland. Since its start, Healthy Learners has provided over 70,000 vision, dental, medication and other health-related services to 14,131 students over the last 27 years. For more information, see healthylearners.com

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