Friday, February 21, 2014

Keeping the Focus on What is Important

Now that we have dug ourselves out from the infamous battle with Snowmageddon it is time to bring on spring and some serious running weather. If I never see another snow flake again it will be too soon. While creating this blog post with our social media director Todd Civin, who lives in Massachusetts, he carried his computer out onto his front porch during our Skype session. I have to admit, the fifteen inches of snow that fell that day was absolutely beautiful, but at the same time he and his fellow snowbirds can keep it up in New England where it belongs. If God had meant for there to be snow in Atlanta he would have created us with snow shoes on our feet. 

Our goal for the KPeasey Foundation has always been to promote
the efforts of our athletes more than promoting Brent and me. As a means to that goal we are going to begin featuring a KPeasey athlete in one of our monthly blog posts. We feel it is far more insightful to focus on the Naomi Williams and the Jason Dorn's of the world and all that they accomplish than it is to learn about what the Pease boys may do doing. We will be sending out some brief question and answer sheets in the coming weeks to gather the thoughts and stories of our athletes and Todd, the snowbird from MA, will be conducting some video interviews when he joins us during the Abilities Expo in Atlanta in March. 

Speaking of such, The Kyle Pease Foundation will have a recruiting table set up during the three day event which runs from March 14-16 at the Georgia World Congress Center. We feel it is a great way to spread the message of KPeasey while finding new athletes who may want to join us in upcoming races and events. 

And again speaking of events, two momentous ones were celebrated in the KPeasey family. First we would like to congratulate KPF Board Member Michael Kidd and his wife Andrea, on the birth of their beautiful new baby and future KPF Board member, Stella. 

Also, a very happy 29th birthday to my twin brother, Evan, who shares his birthday with someone very near and dear to my heart. 

Look for information on our upcoming Publix Race!! Until then remember Where There is a Wheel There is a Way...

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Are you Playing Like a Champion Today?

Today is the clashing of two of the most momentous days of the 365 that make up our annual calendar...the calendrical equivalent of The Perfect Storm...that's right, today is the day that the Super Bowl meets Ground Hog Day....Essentially this is what would happen if scientists were able to cross Joe Montana with Bill Murray. When the Punxsutawney Phil meets Phil Simms. 

And in honor of such a day I've opted to share a bit of KPeasey Wisdom. But first an update on what is on the horizon for KPF. 

As the foundation begins our 2014 season we cannot wait to step foot on the course and get things rolling in a positive and productive direction. We plan on making 2014 our best year yet with a lot of big surprises along the way. 

We are focused on turning the direct attention from Brent and me and making it more of a Family Focused Foundation. We do not and never have wanted the foundation to be about us but more so about the athlete's who wear the KPF logo. Like many teams the name on the front of the jersey is far more important than the name on the back of the jersey. The Foundation is about the Foundation and not about Brent and me.  To meet that end we need to focus on how to get more athlete's and their family's involved.  

As in the movie, Field of Dreams we believe that if you build it they will come and our foundation's platform is to get people to see what we have built and encourage their participation. It is important for all participants to get out onto the race courses enmasse', as we believe that with numbers we will grow even larger. 

During the weekend of March 15-17, the Kyle Pease Foundation will be appearing at the Abilities Expo where we will have a table throughout the three days and Brent and I will be presenting a work shop during the weekend. The goal of the event is to promote inclusion and to tell all attending guests about KPF and what we are hoping to accomplish. For those not familiar with the Expo it is a great place to learn about merchandise and services that assist the disabled community.  In fact, check out the cute man at the 5:30 mark of last year's AE video

We are amped beyond belief as we are preparing for the Publix Half Marathon which is our first big race of the year. At present we have fourteen athletes entered and we would love to increase that even more by race day. 

And now the much awaited KPeasey words of wisdom as the Seattle Seahawks are about to take on the Denver Broncos on the National Stage. I hope for a competitive game and encourage all participants to leave it all on the field because you never know if or when you will get back here again. 

Participating in the Super Bowl is not an anointed right. It is a privilege and in many ways is like competing in an Ironman. You set your sights on your goal early in the season and work tirelessly day in and day out towards that goal. The goal is to turn your team into a champion. 

The goal in sports and in life is to play like a champion in everything you do. As players run from the locker room to the field at Notre Dame University they are greeted with a sign with a very simple question, "Play Like a Champion Today." By adopting that mantra, Notre Dame has built one of the winningest teams in college football history. So I encourage you to live, love, laugh, work and play like a champion. 

My question to you is, "Are you playing like a champion today?"