Archive for July, 2016

Are you smarter than a BGCLC Club Member?

July 28th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

Boys & Girls Clubs Larimer County club members are smart. Even though they don't have classes in summer, thanks to Brain Gain and awesome BGCLC Staff, club members have been able to not only keep their school-year knowledge but improve upon it.

Last week the BGCLC challenged local Old Navy employees to a classic game of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" as a part of the summer Knowledge Bowl Brain Gain.


Over half a dozen teams of two or more Club members participated in the hour and a half challenge hosted by the infamous Charles of the Fort Collins Club. The questions were hard and the stakes were could feel the tension in the room build as the final scores were calculated.



In the end though, one team prevailed as winner, and it wasn't the "Big Kids," aka Team Old Navy, it was in fact Hufflepuff Popcorn, two incredibly smart girls from the Fort Collins Club.


They weren't available for comment, but were very humble in their victory.

Congrats to all the teams and a huge thanks to Old Navy for hanging out for the afternoon!


A ramtastic day at Hughes Stadium!

July 21st, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County Club members, CSU coaches and CSU collegiate athletes all had one thing in common on July 6: smiling (and sweaty) faces at Hughes Stadium. Thanks to a partnership with Colorado State University Athletics, the BGCLC took over the stadium field for the first time ever during an active field day with CSU Athletes. Fifty or so athletes from soccer, football and volleyball divided Club members into groups and taught them various drills for each sport. Each participant spent 30 minutes focusing on each sport, which included catching passes, working on volleyball serves and dribbling the soccer ball.


The field day, which ran from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., also consisted of a free lunch courtesy of McDonald’s, some CSU swag, and the opportunity to chat with athletes during an autograph session.


Thanks to this partnership, over 75 club members from Loveland, Fort Collins and Wellington got to meet some of their idols and feel on top of the world, for at least the afternoon. This clinic was put on in attempt to engage youth members in outdoor physical activity while also exposing them to a collegiate atmosphere. While this was the first event of this magnitude, judging from the feedback from athletes and Club members, be on the lookout for future events and continued partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County and CSU Athletics.

Meet the BGCLC Board: Jen Parker!

July 14th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi


Jen Parker has been around the world, and back. After growing up on a farm in England, she got bite by the travel bug and explored South America, the USA and Greece for four years before finding herself back in England ready to work. Post-wanderlusting, she spent 17 years working in advertising and the video game industry for companies such as Future Publishing, Electronic Arts, Imagine Media and Ziff Davis Publishing.  After jumping across the pond to Austin, Texas, a little over 20 years ago, Jen met Joe, her now husband, and started working as a Mary Kay consultant which led to her current position as Director. Read on to find how how Jen eventually found herself on the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs for Larimer County!

  1. Why did you join the Boys & Girls Clubs Board?

I met Debbie McCubbin and her husband through CSU connections and just loved everything about them. Debbie's energy, passion and drive to support wonderful missions in the area are amazing. I was looking for something I could get involved with in the community and Debbie recognized that immediately and was relentless (in a very positive way) in persuading me to attend the BGCLC Breakfast to consider a role on the board. I am so grateful to her and know that she is so respected by everyone. I explored many ideas and wanted to align myself with something that impacted kids and our future generation. I know there is a real need to support young people in the ever increasing pressures that face them these days so this felt like a perfect fit and something I hope I can have a positive impact on.

  1. What is your favorite thing about being a part of the Boys & Girls Clubs?  

Oh my goodness I just love the enthusiasm and genuine love of the kids from the board and staff at the club, as well as to the kids themselves. Kathi Wright is such a wonderful person and so incredible at what she does. I am so inspired by her gentle and personable approach but love that she is also quite a force to be reckoned with! When I toured through my first Club I couldn’t believe the maturity of some of the kids in leadership roles and the atmosphere everyone has created for the Club Members is incredibly nurturing, safe and happy.

  1. What is your ideal vacation?

My husbands parents and some siblings live in Naples. Florida, and my entire family lives in England, so our vacations are either on the beach in Naples which we adore or over in Europe visiting all my family. It’s the best of both worlds. You are on vacation but spending time with precious family too. What we love about going to both places is that as soon as you get there it’s as if you never left so you can unwind and relax immediately!

  1. If you were trapped on an desert Island, what three things would you bring with you?

Oh goodness …only three? Well for sure my family, probably some sunblock and a resort hotel 🙂

Meet the staff: Jerad Bussell!

July 7th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

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Jerad has been with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County since 2014! Jerad was a member of the first summer staff  team in Estes Park, and since then has been working as a Program Aide for the Wellington Unit. Jerad can be seen giving awesome high fives to Club members, and teaching them how to play guitar in the shade on hot days. Jerad will be leaving us in the fall to go back to Durango where he attends college at Fort Lewis, we hope to see him again for many summers to come! Read on to learn more about Jerad.

What is your favorite food?

Pizza and burgers, I'm a true American I know.

What is your ideal vacation?

Ideal vacation would be somewhere with mountains and an ocean close by, where everyone is happy to share stories.

If you were trapped on a deserted island, what three things would you bring with you?

Bass guitar, fishing pole and a deck of cards.

What is a unique talent that you have?

Not a talent quite yet but I’m trying to teach myself the bass.

What do you enjoy most about working at the Boys & Girls Clubs?

My favorite thing about working at the club is building relationships with the kids and the staff and being able to see the growth in each child.
Thanks Jerad, for all you do!