Castle Rock, CO
In the midst of a historic competitive football run for the Castle View Football program, the team is using its influence for positive impact in the community. On September 12th, Castle View Football players took to the community, launching the “Reading Buddies” program.
According to Chris Stacy, Director of Football operations for Castle View, the Reading Buddies program is about seeing Coach Casebier's vision for reaching the community. “We are not only trying to build a great football program, but we are building the members of the team into great people. While doing this we are also able to expand the Sabercat Football brand into the Castle Rock community and schools.
Stacy, a former Division 1 college football Director of Operations, volunteers his time to help the team in a number of areas, including outreach for the program.
"Our goal is to have a consistent presence with our players and coaches at the CV feeder schools along with any school that will benefit from our program, while building a foundation of giving back and community awareness within our team members. We try our best to send the players back to the school they attended which gives the school and our players a deeper connection."
Stacy continued, “I have seen this kind of outreach program work at the High School and College levels in similar communities. The players actually get as much out of it as the schools, teachers and kids do. The impact to the community will be measured for years to come. At Castle View Football we strive to be the neighborhood team for the Meadows and the rest of Castle Rock.”
Head Coach Todd Casebier agrees, “Our players get as much out of the program as the younger kids get. This is all part of our overall objective in outreach and developing our players into fine young contributors to the community”.
The program is currently sending multiple players each week to seven schools for one hour during the players free hour. Soaring Hawk, Clear Sky, Meadow View, Larkspur, Sedalia, Aspen View Charter and Academy Charter are all current participants in the program.
"Things went very well. The kids really enjoyed having them in the rooms and the teachers commented on how well they handled themselves with the students. It was a very successful first go at this”, stated Aspen View Academy Assistant Principal, David Bodiker.
Kellie Roe, principal of Clear Sky Elementary shared similar sentiments, “It went great! The boys all showed up, were respectful and worked well with the kids!”
Feedback from Soaring Hawk Elementary was outstanding as well. “We had a lot of compliments on the boys yesterday regarding how respectful and polite they were. We're all excited to have them!”, according to Nina Scheffels, the Health Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator.
Eric Plummer, president of the Castle View Boosters and executive board member of the Castle View Gridiron Club, a non-profit, 501c3 program that supports Castle View Football was excited about the launch. “We believe this program is another example of how we are accomplishing our charter and supporting the football program”.
According to the football programs website the charter reads: “We believe that football can be a positive influence in the lives of student-athletes, thus creating a successful atmosphere and environment to develop them into successful contributors to the community. Football is driving force for good. The Castle View Gridiron Club is committed to improving the community by promoting football and supporting the local area football programs.”
Stacy concluded, “We look forward to growing our Reading Program to more schools and partner up with other CV sports and spirit squads to be able to reach more future Sabercats. Please contact us if you have interest in having CV Football at your school.”
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