Mark Twain’s message that day has stuck with me, and I believe there was a reason I took the time to read it without just walking by.
Here I was on this golf trip of a lifetime and I realized there would have been great disappointment in my life if I hadn’t made the time to take this trip with my dad and close friend. I soon also realized I would be equally disappointed if I didn’t use the gifts and opportunities I had been given to help out some kids who could really use it. Kids and families that needed a break, a helping hand, whatever you want to call it. Devine Intervention. This message was a real game changer for me. It came through loud and clear. Make a Difference!
I remembered as a kid growing up and going to sporting events without a care in the world. The anticipation of the game, the crowd, the food, and the excitement! I remember chasing after foul balls with the smell of hotdogs and popcorn in the air so thick you could taste it. The pure excitement of being at the game and the possibility or dream of actually taking a piece of it home with you like a baseball or hockey puck, what a great feeling. So there it was, our focus would be to help some kids who could really use it to buy and those memories you will never forget. We want to bring those genuine smiles of excitement and adventure while providing those lifelong memories to some deserving young faces. How fun is that! Let’s give these kids and families the excitement of Game Day. Let’s have some fun and make some great memories. Let’s make a difference!
Game Day CHAMPS is a community outreach program that is focused on helping some of our youth deal with the adversity they are faced with. Adversity that may have presented itself through illness, personal loss, addiction, or some extreme physical challenges. It doesn’t matter. The bottom line is the adversity our champs are faced with were not self inflicted or deserved, it’s just the hand they have bean dealt. These kids and families need an opportunity to have some fun, and to get excited. We would be privileged to help these special people get there.
There is no way we could do this alone. Our Game Day CHAMPS Community Partners will be playing a key role in making this all happen. We have been extremely fortunate to be connected with some incredible youth programs who are focused on helping kids deal with the difficult situations they are in. These individuals, businesses, and hospitals are shining stars in the community, and their kids are the real champions. If we can assist these special people in getting some of their kids and families to a pro sports venue to see a game, have fun, get excited, and just get away from their current situations for awhile then maybe we can make a difference in their lives. That’s our goal, and we believe anything is possible.