WEDNESDAY, December 7, 2016

6:30 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.



Grand Ballroom




Cocktail Attire



Special Guest

Peyton Manning

Former NFL Quarterback







Host of ESPN's "Mike and Mike" and former

NFL Defensive Tackle



ESPN SportsCenter host

Award-winning producer and director




Bill McDermott




Recipient of The Vanguard Award


Presented to a leader who exemplifies courage, compassion and commitment in service of youth. A person whose tireless leadership, passion and support enable GENYOUth to empower more students to be change agents for their health, wellness and academic achievement.


Why Bill McDermott?



A former delicatessen owner from Amityville, New York; Bill McDermott, is Chief Executive Officer of SAP; the world’s business software leader, with 300,000 customers in 190 countries around the world. Together with his 78,000 colleagues and 2.5 million partners, SAP is helping the world run better and improving people’s lives.


In Bill McDermott’s best-selling book, “Winners Dream - A Journey from Corner Store to Corner Office,” Bill shares his personal journey and how a company’s purpose builds a lasting legacy for the generations of tomorrow: "We win when we pursue a goal with optimism, preparation, discipline, and respect. We win when we inspire people to join in that pursuit, and when the quest itself brings out the best in everyone. Real winning is when we push ourselves beyond what we know we can do toward what we truly want to achieve.”


As one of GENYOUth's greatest advocates, Bill championed the partnership between SAP and GENYOUth, helping launch GENYOUth's social entrepreneurship program, AdVenture Capital, alongside Warren Buffett. Through our partnership, the digital platform was born, a space for curious, creative and bold young social entrepreneurs between the ages of 13-17. Thanks to Bill and SAP, hundreds of student-led health and wellness solutions have been funded in several hundred schools across the country impacting over 100,000 students. Because of SAP's employees, GENYOUth has been able to give unmatched mentorship, experiences and exposure to students from across the country helping them on their journey as social entrepreneurs.


AdVenture Capital aims to teach students to persevere and work though obstacles to solve health disparities in their backyard. Few leaders embody this ethic more than Bill, who has inspired many by sharing his own personal experiences with the health care system. Today, under his leadership, SAP has set a bold agenda for digitizing the health care industry. At the 2016 annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Bill joined Vice President Joe Biden for a discussion about Big Data, innovation and the moonshot campaign to cure cancer. As a member of the Board of Directors of performance apparel maker Under Armour, Bill is also on the front lines of wellness and wearable technologies.


As the first recipient of the GENYOUth Vanguard Award, Bill’s humility, spirit and determination will serve as the model for this award in years to come as we celebrate the milestones of our organization and the students whose lives are forever changed as a result of our work.




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The Event

Please join us as we celebrate five years of empowering America's youth to lead active, healthy lives in schools and communities across the country.

2016 is a big year for GENYOUth - it's our Fifth Anniversary year!

"Empowering Youth to Go for the Gold" will celebrate five years of GENYOUth advancing child health and wellness in partnership with countless organizations and individuals who support and make possible our mission and our work. By bringing together private and public partners, channeling resources and building awareness, we’re collectively exercising our influence to support and uplift a nation of healthy, high-achieving youth.

This is a time to pause, reflect, and celebrate!

GENYOUth empowers students to create a healthier future for themselves and their peers. We believe that all youth have the potential to be change-agents, and deserve opportunities to reach their full potential by identifying and leading entrepreneurial solutions that positively impact nutrition, physical activity, and student success across our nation.


Consider that in
the United States...

of children and adolescents are overweight or obese – with devastating near- and long-term implications for their health, cognition, and well-being

Thanks to our flagship
program Fuel Up to Play 60...

more students are eating breakfast at school each day


Committed to child health and wellness in the school environment.

GENYOUth was founded in partnership between the National Football League and the National Dairy Council to empower America’s youth to create a healthier future. In doing so, GENYOUth convenes a network of private and public partners to raise funds for youth wellness initiatives that bolster healthy, high-achieving students in schools and communities nationwide. Our initiatives include Fuel Up to Play 60, the nation’s largest in-school health & wellness program and AdVenture Capital, our innovative youth social entrepreneurship program. We bring together networks of private and public partners, convene dialogues, generate insights, build awareness, raise funds, and channel resources – all in the service of empowering youth to be stewards of their generation’s quest for healthy, fulfilled, and productive lives!

GENYOUth milestones

Fuel Up to Play 60, the nation's largest in-school health & wellness program, offered in over 73,000 schools reaching 38 million students daily, and actively engages over 35,000 student ambassadors in leadership positions. To date over $22 million in grants have been awarded to support over 5,500 schools impacting more than 3 million students.


Fuel Up to Play 60 en español, our Spanish-language version of Fuel Up to Play 60, launched in October 2015, with a grant from the PepsiCo Foundation, provides culturally relevant resources to Hispanic students and their Spanish-speaking families across the country. Based on our work with the fastest growing demographic and program audience, we are creating more school-to-home and family-focused Spanish-language tools, resources and engagement opportunities.


Fuel Up to Play 60 NFL Flag Essentials, created in partnership with the NFL and USA Football, will have supplied FLAG football kits to 8,500 schools nationwide since 2014, resulting in three million students getting active through NFL FLAG.


AdVenture Capital our social entrepreneurship program, provides funding, mentoring and experiences to creative, curious and bold students ages 13 - 17 with ideas for improving health and wellness in their schools and communities. Hundreds of student projects have been funded on and at our Social Innovation Series events and are expected to exceed 500 funded projects this year alone.


GENYOUth's landmark report, "The Wellness Impact: Enhancing Academic Success through Healthy School Environments," shined a spotlight on the Learning Connection, the important link between breakfast, physical activity and academic achievement. It was the focal point of GENYOUth’s first national thought leader Summit and helped launch the GENYOUth’s Town Hall series reaching 20 cities by year end.


GENYOUth's "Empowering Youth: Students as Change-Agents for Wellness in Schools and Communities" highlights what GENYOUth has done to elevate the youth voice in helping overcome the barriers to healthy foods and physical activity in their schools and communities. Over 3,000 copies have been distributed and GENYOUth stimulated dialogue and action around youth empowerment among national leaders at its Leadership Roundtables.


GENYOUth is a founding partner of Let's Move! Active Schools, an initiative of First Lady Michele Obama's Let's Move! program developed to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation.


GENYOUth -- including its Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Education and Health and Human Services -- collaborates with 20 of the country's preeminent health, education, physical activity and hunger organizations as members on our Health & Wellness Advisory Council.

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Action for Healthy Kids
  • Alliance for a Healthier Generation
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Feeding America
  • Food Research and Action Center
  • National Dairy Council
  • National Hispanic Medical Association
  • National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • National Medical Association
  • No Kid Hungry
  • Parent Teacher Association
  • Partnership for a Healthier America
  • President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition
  • School Nutrition Association
  • Shape America
  • The School Superintendents Association
  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • USA Department of Education



90% of schools report that healthy eating opportunities for students in school have increased as a result of implementing Fuel Up to Play 60


88% of schools report that physical activity opportunities for students in schools have increased as a result of implementing Fuel Up to Play 60


86% of educators agree that AdCap helps a lot to boost their students self confidence



9 in 10 students agree that Fuel Up to Play 60 is empowering them to take on more responsibility, become a better decision-maker, leader, role model and gain confidence in speaking publicly or working with adults


7 in 10 students say they are doing better academically in school because of Fuel Up to Play 60


Overall, 9 in 10 students agree that Fuel Up to Play 60 is encouraging the development of leadership skills


Student-led change through AdCap has productive positive outcomes including doubling school-breakfast participation, providing water filtration in schools lacking access to clean water, and starting family wellness nights, which serve hundreds of students and parents in underserved communities


83% of students reported that AdCap helped them become more effective leaders


Alexis Glick, CEO GENYOUth

Alexis Glick has been CEO of GENYOUth since its founding. She was previously Vice President of Fox Business News, where she helped launch the largest cable news network in history and anchored “Money for Breakfast” and “The Opening Bell.” Former correspondent for NBC news “Today Show” and CNBC “Squawk Box.” Before that, she headed floor operations at the New York Stock Exchange for Morgan Stanley. A graduate of Columbia University, Glick is a proud mother of four children.


Consider that in
the United States only...

of elementary schools – 8% of middle schools – 3% of high schools currently offer daily physical education

Thanks to our flagship
program Fuel Up to Play 60...

Students are more physically active

Gala Host Committee

Thomas Gallagher
Dairy Management, Inc.

Alexis Glick

Laura Bay
National PTA

Skylar Diggins
WNBA Player
Dallas Wings

Patrick Doyle
President and CEO
Domino’s Pizza

Richard Edelman

Roger Goodell

Carla Hall
TV’s “The Chew”

Curt Kolcun
Vice President, U.S. Public Sector

Howie Long
Fox Sports / NFL Hall of Famer

Jeff Miller
Senior Vice President
Health & Safety Policy, NFL

Jennifer Morgan
SAP North America

Louis M. Nanni
Vice President, University Relations
University of Notre Dame

James J. Phillips
Vice President, Athletics & Recreation
Northwestern University

Chris Policinski
President and CEO
Land O’Lakes

Dr. David Satcher
16th U.S. Surgeon General

DeMaurice Smith
Executive Director
NFL Players’ Association

Lally Weymouth
Senior Associate Editor
The Washington Post


Consider that in the
United States...

of kids get adequate daily servings of all food groups

Thanks to our flagship
program Fuel Up to Play 60...

of grant dollars go to schools with the high-need populations

Tickets & Tables


Here is how you can exercise your influence

  • $350 can provide a FLAG Essentials kit to help increase physical activity among students, especially girls who are at greatest risk of falling short of meeting recommendations.
  • $1,000 can help a school create a salad or breakfast bar that improves healthy food options and choices daily for 500+ students in the average school.
  • A $1,000 Fuel Up to Play 60 mini-grant in a school walking club results, on average, in 600 students walking almost 20 extra minutes per day, 3 days a week.
  • $2,000 will provide Breakfast-in-the-Classroom Basic Equipment Package (cooler bag, serving wagon, clean-up supplies) which has proven benefits for student nutrition, hunger and learning. An average package helps deliver 29,500 breakfasts per year in the average participating school.

Individual Tickets

Individual Gala tickets are available at two levels:

  • “Game Day” Tickets at $2,500 ($2,225 of your donation is tax deductible)
  • “Sideline” Tickets at $1,500 ($1,225 of your donation is tax deductible)

For additional information please inquire at


Reserved Gala Tables for your party of 10 are available at two levels, as follows:

SCRIMMAGE TABLES: $25,000 ($22,250 of your donation is tax deductible)
  • One (1) table of 10
  • Includes Tribute line listing in the Gala Journal
SIDELINE TABLES: $15,000 ($12,500 of your donation is tax deductible)
  • One (1) table of 10
  • Includes Tribute line listing in the Gala Journal

For more information on individual tickets or tables, please contact David Salinas at GENYOUth by clicking here, or phoning (212) 225-8420. To purchase online, click here.



Consider that in
the United States...

U.S. children live in a food-insecure household

Thanks to our flagship
program Fuel Up to Play 60...

students are now eating healthier

Gala Journal Advertisements

A full-color, glossy-stock Commemorative Gala Journal will be published in conjunction with the Gala. High-visibility full-page, half-page, and quarter-page advertising units are available to valued supporters of both the event, and of GENYOUth’s initiatives, as follows:

  • Full-Page Ad: $5,000
  • Half-Page Ad: $2,500
  • Quarter-Page Ad: $1,000.

For more information on Gala Journal advertising, please contact David Salinas at GENYOUth by clicking here, or phoning (646) 461-3055.


Please feel free to contact any of GENYOUth’s Gala Directors for more information or details on any aspect of the event, or your support thereof.
Thank you!

Ed Kull
SVP Development
(212) 225-8423

David Salinas
Gala Events & Sponsorship Director
(312) 953-5010