Welcome to the first installment of what will (hopefully) become a weekly feature on our site.  You'll be able to get a glimpse into the minds and hearts of our board members.  I have to admit, this is my first blog posting anywhere!  However, there is no better time than now to give you a brief history of how we came to be and the profound effect that sports have played in my life.  

Sports have played an immense role in my life from the moment I wrestled at age 4.  As I grew older I played Football, Basketball, & Baseball.  In 1991, my family moved from a small town in Southeastern Colorado to Brighton.  Coming from a class size of 30 people Brighton felt like the big city to me.  On top of starting High School in a new town with new people I struggled to find where I would fit in.  Then came football season.  I met my best friends in High School on that football field.  They welcomed me with open arms and truly embodied the team atmosphere.  That was really my ice breaker. I went on to play Basketball and Baseball as well.  

I often look back at that as one of the most defining moments in my life.  What if I didn't join the football team?  My life could have gone a completely different direction.  Because of the friendships that were built on the field and court my time was consumed with positive extracurricular activities and influences.  I have the utmost respect appreciation for the coaches who helped mentor me and push me to be my best.  

Now, as a father of 2 children who play youth sports, I see the parallels in their development.  Unfortunately, there are too many children in our community who are not afforded that opportunity.  That's why we started the Playing It Forward Youth Sports Foundation.  It's our goal that all children be exposed to youth sports as a means of a positive outlet to allow them to experience the benefits that athletics provide.  Not only will they stay physically active, they will meet new people and begin learning life lessons that will be applied for the rest of their lives.

Playing It Forward began our operations in July of 2011.  During this short time period, we've been able to impact the lives of 5 local youth athletes.  I hope that number grows exponentially each year!  We've been overwhelmed by the support of businesses and families in our community; as well as our amazing staff of volunteers who have put in countless hours getting this off the ground.   None of this would be possible without their support.  Please take a moment to view our Partners page and patronize these wonderful companies.  

I'll leave you with this.  We have some very exciting news that we'll be able to share with you soon - so stay tuned.  In the meantime, we ask that you help us spread the word.  We want everyone in the community to know that there is help available.  Thank you for sitting through our first posting.  We encourage you to comment and interact with us.  

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