Scott Reiman and The Reiman Foundation is an avid supporter of programs and initiatives that foster academic excellence and provide the resources to develop our future leaders. The John Lynch Foundation does just that.
Sponsored in part by the Reiman Foundation, the John Lynch Foundation hosted its Star of the Month Celebration at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium last month. The event honored some of Colorado’s outstanding student athletes for their success on and off the field.
John and Linda Lynch presented more than 60 awards for the Star of the Month; Rising Star of the Month; and Coach of the Month to students and coaches from across the state. Although awards are announced throughout the year from October to April, the winners, along with their families, were formally recognized at a ceremony in the United Club Level of the stadium.
The year-long program encourages positive recognition for the student athletes and coaches who are excelling beyond their chosen sport, the classroom and the community. Every month teachers and coaches can nominate students for the awards through the John Lynch Foundation. A volunteer selection committee reviews the nominations and determines the winners.
What a better place to celebrate your Sports Buddies than courtside.
More than 55 matches of Bigs and Littles from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado took part in a basketball skills event last month with two Denver Nuggets players in honor of National Mentoring Month.
Nuggets shooting guard Malik Beasley and point guard Jamal Murray joined Nuggets Community Ambassadors and officers from the Denver Police Department in a basketball clinic at Moorhead Recreation Center in Aurora, CO. The event, sponsored by Western Union, gave the BBBS Sports Buddies the opportunity to perfect their dribble, three-pointer skills, hang out with professional players and much more. It gave them the opportunity to feel like All-Stars.
Sports Buddies is one of the several mentoring programs offered by BBBS. Program activities are designed to strengthen mentoring relationships while instilling self-confidence, goal setting, collaboration, skill development and healthy lifestyles.
The Sports Buddies Mentoring Program provides mentoring for kids often facing adversity. It also provides an opportunity for kids from low-income families to experience participatory and spectator sports. Many of them do not always have the chance to join sports teams or participate in the wide variety of athletics available to them through Sports Buddies.
Scott Reiman spent several years acting as a mentor for kids through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. He agrees that positive relationships with adult mentors can prove to be one of the most fundamental elements of success later in life.
This year’s luncheon hosted over 1,000 students from Denver public schools and surrounding districts and awarded over $118,000 in scholarships.
To date the John Lynch Foundation has awarded $1.1 million in scholarships to over 169 student-athletes to recognize their hard work as well as provide support and motivation to succeed in the next chapter of their lives.
New Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph was this year’s featured speaker. He told students that success takes hard work. He said to always have high expectations and while success may be and look different for everyone, it’s important to never give up.
It was a picture-perfect Colorado day. The sky was crisp blue and the sun was shining over Sports Authority Field. It was the perfect setting for this year’s 18th Annual Salute the Stars luncheon.
Every year, the John Lynch Foundation along with the Reiman Foundation and Four Point Energy, host the event to celebrate outstanding student-athletes, including those with special needs, from around the state for their contributions and achievements in the classroom, on the field and in their communities.
Also inspired by these incredible student-athletes was another young athlete and this year’s featured speaker, four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin. She told recipients she was proud of their hard work and determination.
FourPoint Energy and the Reiman Foundation sponsored the event, featuring Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s keynote address, as well as award presentations from John and Linda Lynch and Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock.
Nearly 1,800 students from local school districts were invited by the John Lynch Foundation, allowing them to share in the inspirational stories of their student-athlete peers. The night before the event at Mile High Stadium, the John Lynch Foundation Kick Off Party took place at the Denver Tech Center’s Venice Ristorante. The memorable evening featured entertainment from Matt Mauser, the Frank Sinatra Tribute Band, and raised over $410,000 through a live auction to support many of Colorado’s inspiring student-athletes.