Foley’s early memories of life in Boston include fighting between his parents and living in a shelter with his mother. After school one day when he was six, his mother didn’t come to pick him up. He was placed in foster care until being adopted by his aunt and her partner in 2002. Foley’s aunt introduced him to Sarah Heinz House Boys & Girls Club, where he quickly found a sense of belonging. There, he became a leader as a Junior Staffer, excelled in athletics and worked as a counselor at BGCA’s summer resident camp. He credits the Club with helping him build a bright future.
“The longer I’m involved with Boys & Girls Clubs, the more I realize that any dream can come true,” he said. “I never dreamed that one day I would be able to have a brand new car. Being recognized as National Youth of the Year and receiving a car from Toyota is an honor. Toyota does so much for Boys & Girls Clubs and makes it possible for kids like me to have a great future.”
Foley is a graduate of Taylor Allderice High School in Pittsburgh and attends Pennsylvania State University, majoring in civil engineering.
|Richlynn Kaiser (310) 468-5332