NEW YORK, Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning and other athletes and VIPs will celebrate GENYOUth's inaugural gala at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Wednesday, December 7. Notable business and thought leaders, and guests will come together to honor the accomplishments and future of the leading youth empowerment nonprofit's five years of supporting student nutrition and physical activity. Popular ESPN commentators Mike Golic and Hannah Storm will serve as the event's masters of ceremonies. In announcing the gala, Alexis Glick, GENYOUth's CEO, explained, " 2016 marks five years since we launched GENYOUth. It's a pivotal time in the evolution of our organization, and the gala enables us to build on the momentum we've achieved as an organization, while taking a moment to pause, appreciate, and celebrate with those organizations and individuals who have made our work possible." Highlights of the evening will include short remarks by Manning, who added, "I'm honored to be part of the celebration recognizing this milestone for GENYOUth and its ongoing dedication to provide opportunities for youth to be leaders of health and wellness initiatives in their schools and communities." NFL Commissioner and GENYOUth board member Roger Goodell will join Manning in providing remarks, and notably, will introduce GENYOUth's first Vanguard Award to SAP CEO Bill McDermott. Under his leadership, SAP has set a bold agenda for digitizing the health care industry and McDermott, personally, has set an example as an advocate of entrepreneurial thinking, supporting innovation and design thinking to solve some of our country's greatest health concerns. His humility, spirit and determination served as a model for this year's award, and will do so in the years ahead. " Bill McDermott is a leader who exemplifies courage, compassion and commitment in the service of youth," says Commissioner Goodell. "As one of GENYOUth's greatest advocates, McDermott championed a partnership between SAP and GENYOUth, helping launch the social entrepreneurship program AdVenture Capital. Thanks to Bill and SAP, hundreds of student-led health and wellness solutions have been funded in several hundred schools across the country impacting more than 100,000 students." The student social-entrepreneurship program, AdVenture Capital, aims to teach students how to think and act like business leaders, to persevere and work though obstacles to solve health disparities in their backyard. This skill-development, leadership, and workforce-readiness initiative supplies funds to students for creating and leading the implementation of innovative ideas around school and community health and wellness.