Magic Staffer Lucas Boyce Named One of the 2011 Ten Outstanding Young Americans

TULSA, OKLAHOMA – The United States Junior Chamber (Jaycees) is pleased to announce that Lucas Daniel Boyce has been named as one of the 2011 Ten Outstanding Young Americans. The presentation of the 73rd annual black-tie awards ceremony will be held June 11, 2011, at the Wyndham Lisle-Chicago Hotel in Lisle, IL.

Author of Living Proof: From Foster Care to the White House and the NBA, Lucas Daniel Boyce worked on the Presidential campaign for George W. Bush and worked as the Executive Assistant to the Counselor to the Vice President after the election. Additionally, he served the White House as Deputy Associate Director of the Office of Public Liaison and Associate Director of the Office of Political Affairs in the White House.

Currently, Lucas is the Director of Community Relations Multicultural Insights and Government Affairs for the Orlando Magic. Lucas was recently appointed to the Orange County Library Board of Trustees. This board is appointed by voice vote of the Orange County Commission and oversees 15 Libraries across Orange County.

Lucas also owns his own business, Lucas Boyce Holdings Inc, which allows him to travel throughout Florida and nationally as a motivational speaker sharing the story of his book and speaking professionally to students of all ages from Elementary school through college, churches, nonprofit organizations and corporations like Lockheed Martin and Charles Schwabb.

Lucas started his life orphaned by a drug addicted prostitute, but was blessed to be adopted and encouraged to excel and to fulfill his dreams of serving in the White House, flying aboard Air Force One and working for an NBA team. Since the release of the book, Living Proof, he’s been able to reach over 70,000 people through media appearances and speaking engagements with a simple message that we are all built for something more.

Through his community service efforts, Lucas mentors youth through the Take Stock in Children Mentoring program, as well as personally mentors a fatherless 11-year old boy and several young professionals. In addition, Lucas has given over $10,000 in in-kind speaking engagements since January 2011.

Lucas serves on the Board of Directors for the Mayor’s Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission, the Metro Orlando Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Life Foundation. He also sits on the on the advisory council for the Valencia Community College – Take Stock in Children, participates in the Central Florida Political Leadership Institute, and is a graduate of Leadership Orlando.

Lucas continues to find ways to develop his personal and professional leadership skills. He recently started his graduate degree courses at Rollins College in Orlando. He’s studying to earn his MBA.

Lucas resides in Orlando, FL.

Also being honored this year are: Jessica Bachus, Founder & President, Dolls for Daughters & Kenzi’s Kidz; Drew Brees, Quarterback/Captain, New Orleans Saints; Lucas Daniel Boyce, Director of Community Relations, Government Affairs, Orlando Magic; Major Gene A. Jacobus, Major, United States Air Force; Lisa Miller, MD, FACS, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Michigan State University; Luke Ravenstahl, Mayor, City of Pittsburgh; Amy C. Richison, Chief Prosecuting Attorney, Huntington Count Prosecutor’s Office; Roxana Saberi, Journalist, Author, Inspirational Speaker, Human Rights Advocate; Major Giuseppe Stavale, Major/Provost Marshal, United States Marine Corps; Shane Victorino, Centerfielder, Philadelphia Phillies, President/Founder, Shane Victorino Foundation

The Ten Outstanding Young Americans program (TOYA) is one of the oldest and most prestigious recognition programs in America. Annually since 1938, The United States Jaycees has sought out the ten young men and women who best exemplify the finest attributes of America’s youthful achievers. Previous honorees have included Bill Clinton, John F. Kennedy, Dick Cheney, Kurt Warner, Gale Sayers, Elvis Presley and Michele Tafoya.

The United States Junior Chamber (Jaycees) gives young people between the ages of 18 and 40 the tools they need to build the bridges of success for themselves in the areas of business development, management skills, individual training, community service, and international connections.