Introducing The Sports Family Club Board of Directors
Mike Green, President and Founder of The Sports Family Club has, at ripe old age of 47, finally figured out what he wants to do with his life! Mike has been playing sports since he was 5 years old. He developed his passion for sports from his mother. She didn't have a daughter, but coached a girls' Bobby Sox softball team where Mike was the "team mascot," running the bases, chasing balls and doing whatever he could to play. Mike grew up in suburban Los Angeles playing baseball, football, basketball, golf, skateboarding, surfing, skiing and any other game he and his friends could find or make up. His greatest sports memory is being named the Player of the Week for his high school football team in the league championship game. Although his team lost the game, Mike finished the season as a First Team All-League linebacker and was selected to play in a regional all-star football game. Mike declined the opportunity to play in the all-star game because he chose to go into the Navy and study avionics. In the Navy he worked on the E-2C Hawkeye on the flight deck of the USS Enterprise and later received an honorable discharge. Mike has a passion for youth sports that is hard to match. He started coaching youth sports in 1993 as a way to share his passion for sports with his three step-children, and with his son who was born in 1994 who also excels in sports. Mike loves the opportunity of meeting and coaching young people with the hopes that he will help them develop self confidence, positive character traits and above all have some fun playing sports! He says, “I coach because the kids keep me feeling young, and there isn’t anything else I’d rather do!” Mike is getting ready to start coaching a new generation with his six year old granddaughter and two year old grandson.
Doug Montgomery, Vice President, says, “I believe in the power of sports to facilitate positive change and foster growth in the lives of young people.” He would know! Baseball, football, basketball, wrestling and golf were such a positive part of his youth, he played four years of baseball in college, smashing two homers in his final game at Denver’s Mile High Stadium! Doug was inducted into Metro State College’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his play on the field and his work in their sports information office. While coaching his own kids’ teams, he imparts many lessons, a top one being “... no matter how talented you are or aren’t, you can achieve success through hard work and dedication.” Doug embodies his philosophies learned through sports: With his wife Cindy of 17 years, he has happy, healthy teenagers (Blake and Abbie, both of whom excel at sports and academics), owns an American Family Insurance agency in Longmont, and enjoys fly fishing, playing golf, activities at Rocky Mountain Christian Church. He also loves college football (except when Cindy’s alma mater CSU beats his CU Buffs). Though he is a distant relative of the Wright Brothers, he did not inherit engineering skills – he admits to being directionally and spatially challenged. “Don’t ask me to find a ball field or lay out yard lines!” Thanks, Doug, we’ll use your vast sports and family experiences to help guide The Sports Family Club to help as many kids as possible!
Conrad McCarty serves as our Treasurer and we’re lucky to have his help since he is a successful CFO for a software company with a BS in Accounting from the University of Colorado in his life-long home town of Boulder, Colorado. Conrad played basketball and football as a kid and learned then the power of positive sports experiences. He coaches both his daughter’s basketball and his son’s football teams, sharing his love of sports with many. His favorite sports memories are when his younger brother won State Championship in football at Boulder High (1992) and watching two brothers play football for the CU Buffaloes. Still an avid outdoors enthusiast who enjoys fly fishing and hiking with his wife Kathy and two kids, Conrad climbed – in one month – all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000+ foot mountain peaks a few years ago – a sports feat with no rings or trophies except in the eyes of those who know! “Though we’re early in the voyage with The Sports Family Club, my hope is to be able to encourage parents, kids and coaches to rewarding sports activities which build self-confidence, teach the meaning of being part of a team and hone self-discipline.”
Jeff Davis is the Secretary of The Sports Family Club, so his self-described “neat freak” and “borderline OCD” nature will serve us well to stay organized, not to mention that his Masters Degree in teaching will be an asset too! He grew up in Florida, surfing and playing football, baseball, basketball and soccer. Jeff was heavily recruited out of high school and earned a scholarship to University of Miami where he kicked the game-winning field goal against FSU to put Miami into the National Championship, which the Hurricanes won over Nebraska. When he’s not designing and building homes, Jeff follows college football avidly, and loves camping, biking and hiking with his Australian Shepherd named Takoda. With his wife of 29 years, Jennifer, he enjoys family time with his talented 20-somethings, Jessica (University of Colorado junior studying digital media) and James (talented songwriter and musician), and his teenager Josh (who loves sports, too, and has hit ‘em out of the park just like his Dad did in Little League!) Jeff knows that positive youth sports experiences teach self- confidence, sportsmanship, humility, the concept of teamwork and how to work with others as well as how to lose and come back from adversity. We are honored to have him serving on the board and with his experience in sports, parenting and teaching, we know he will help us achieve our mission.
Gene Malowany, Director-at-Large, is already an invaluable asset for The Sports Family Club with his 30+ years of experience as a Creative Director, helping us with branding, marketing, design and more. He grew up in a small dairy-farming town in northeastern Pennsylvania, playing baseball, football, tennis and racquetball. A late-bloomer with skiing (starting at 17), six years later, Gene was racing at the semi-pro level in downhill and slalom! In Little League, he had always been a great fielder, not a very good batsman, but in his final year, he grew tall quickly and hit six homers including a grand slam off the best pitcher on the best team! This poignant memory fuels his belief that the top lesson kids gain from positive sports is self-esteem – realizing that they are more than they thought they were. Born on Joe DiMaggio’s birthday, Gene enjoys skiing, running, landscaping and playing piano. He lives in the countryside outside Boulder with his lovely wife, Sue Frederick, their two teenagers, Kai and Sarah, with Bengal cats named Mystic and Mambo. Gene admits, not sheepishly, that he is a “Trekkie” (outer space junkie) and that if aliens landed and asked him if he wanted to go for a ride, “…because my kids are older now and have good heads on their shoulders, I would say, ‘What took you so long!’ ” We are happy Gene is still on this planet (and our Board ;-) because he shares the philosophy that positive youth sports “…are a contribution to character building and the realization that our characters can be the most respected thing about each of us – or the least.” On any planet!
Todd Calvin, Director-at-Large, sports a Bachelors of Arts degree in Resource Recreation Management from Oregon State University and is an experienced youth coach, so we are thrilled to have his expertise in many ways to implement our mission. Todd grew up in Boulder, playing baseball, basketball and football, learning then what he still considers are important life skills: the meanings of team work, cooperation, communication and work ethic. His favorite sports memory is his daughters, Bethany and Amy, winning a big tournament in New Mexico with their volleyball team! Todd manages a large community recreation center where he helps people get healthier, so volunteering with The Sports Family Club fits right in with his continuing goals to help young people through the avenues of athletics. He still lives near his hometown in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains with his wife Terri and enjoys golf, fishing, basketball and volleyball with his girls. If you hear country music pouring out of a 19-year-old pickup that looks like it could be named “Bessie,” that’d be Todd! He grew up with fellow Director, Doug Montgomery, so we can’t wait to hear some of the sports stories those two could tell from their youth!