Hello to all of my faithful readers, supporters, fans, family, friends!
So it has been a wee bit since I wrote a blog on what is happening in and around my life as this wonderful journey continues. The last couple of blog entries have been geared more towards our Ignite Change Hockey Camps for children in need and of course our growing STRONGkids school programs!
So, here I am sitting in my favourite Starbucks cafe, enjoying my Saturday morning and I thought I would share some time with all of you!
I would like to start off by acknowledging a few people that have recently come into my life and who are helping me to grow our messaging and the brand across the globe:
Jamie and Melanie Allison; Jamie played in the NHL for 10 years and is now my partner with our Ignite Change Hockey and Sports Camps. The power of sport brought Jamie and I together when I helped out at Jamie’s Hockey Camp through his company, The Hockey Force. I delivered our messaging to the kids attending his camp and both Jamie and Melanie liked it :-)! When Jamie heard about what I was planning with my camps, he offered his help and well, lets just say the rest is history! You can check more of what Jamie and I are up to at http://www.ignite-change.com
Brian McGrattan of the Nashville Predators: For those of you who know him from watching him play in the NHL, you know he is one tough S.O.B. and will drop the mitts against anyone who is imposing their will on one of his teammates. What you may not know about him, and what I am here to tell you is that Brian is tough yes, but his heart is BIG! Brian and I recently met through the power of Twitter and we immediately hit it off. He loves our programs and is giving back and wants to help as many kids as we can.
Recently, at our Ignite Change Hockey Camps, Brian not only came out to play some hockey with the kids, but Brian personally sponsored two kids to attend our camp. Brian also recently introduced our program to a good friend of his and one I am a very big fan of, Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins. For those of you who know me, you know I am the biggest Bruins fan this side of the border and Lucic is my favourite player in the NHL (see pic below from the night we won the Cup, thats me on the left and me hoisting my good friend Darren when WE won the Cup)! Brian is someone we are going to do a lot of work with. Watch for a new clothing line we are working on now, geared around Brian and his “job” in the NHL of being an enforcer. Thank you Brian!!! I am proud to call you a friend!
Brian with young Aiden! Thank you for sponsoring Aiden and his brother Brian!
The two biggest Bruins fans in Canada!
Marcus Foligno of the Buffalo Sabres: Marcus came to know of my brand through another long time supporter, Gerome Giudice, who is currently playing for the Coventry Blaze of the EIHL in the UK. Marcus immediately jumped at the opportunity to help out and give back through our programs! Marcus has done video for us to use with our school programs and he also sponsored a child to attend our Ignite Change Hockey Camps. We plan to have a clothing line launched around Marcus called “Sacrifice” as Marcus knows it takes Sacrifice to be a champion! Just ask him about losing some teeth when he blocked a shot in front of the net! OUCH!! Thank you Marcus, I am proud to have you on the BE THE GAME team!
Other pros that are standing tall with us are Akim Aliu of the Calgary Flames, Ryan O’Marra who is playing with the Pelicans in the Finland elite division and is a former 1st round pick of the New York Islanders, Matt Corrente of the New Jersey Devils and the list is growing every day!
Chris Fletcher: My new Agent in the UK. Chris has opened some doors for our new BE THE GAME Apparel line; “What the Pros and Average Joes wear” and has shown me an outstanding work ethic! I am more then impressed with Chris’ passion towards growing the BE THE GAME brand in the UK and I see some very big things happening overseas because of Chris’ passion.
Peter Karl Youngren: Peter is the founder of a charity called The 4 Life Foundation (new charity name to follow) that is geared around mental illness in kids and one that I STRONGLY support whole heartedly. Peter and I met this past Spring by fate at, you guessed it….Starbucks! haha. Peter has become a wonderful friend and supporter of BE THE GAME as he has seen the work we have done. Watch for Peter and I, with our two brands doing some great work together this year within our schools and more!
Personally, I have had many sleepless nights this past Summer, but not in a bad way! More excitement then anything. When being an entrepreneur is in your blood, and you decide to jump out of the nest and do it on your own, it is a feeling that one cannot truly describe in words. It is a feeling you just simply have.
I wrote the following post on my facebook wall and the response was very positive and I thought I would share this with all of you. If any of you are “thinking” of chasing your dream, don’t wait for the perfect time! If you are, you may be waiting forever!
“In life, when you DECIDE to go for it, by jesus GO FOR IT! Don’t sit back and procrastinate my friends but rather get up off your ass and GO FOR IT!
Expect to fall!
Expect to bleed!
Expect the ups and downs!
But for all that I am, it is SOOOOOO worth every scrape, bump, bruise and scar I now OWN because I decided to GO FOR IT!
So I ask you this, no matter what your dream is, no matter where you are in your life RIGHT NOW, at this very second, are you ready to GO FOR IT?
If you are, put your seat belt on and get ready for the ride of your life!
The difference though is, it is YOUR RIDE and not someone else’s”
Thank you to all who have stood beside me since 2008.
It has been a truly wonderful journey and one I would not trade in for the world!
Continue to inspire in your life!