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Neighbors for Kids, “Kids Zone Classic Charity Golf” July 18th, Chinook Winds Golf Resort, Lincoln City, Oregon

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Chinook Winds Golf Resort, Lincoln City, Oregon

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Class of 2000 Linebacker >>> 6-3, 241 (Boise Junior College, Oregon) 1964-1974 San Francisco 49ers

David Wilcox. . .Third round draft pick, 1964. . .Also drafted by Houston (AFL). . .Nicknamed “The Intimidator” for aggressive style of play. . . Considered by many to be finest outside linebacker of his era. . .Particularly effective at keeping tight ends from getting off line. . .Prided himself on not allowing opponents to block him. . .All-NFL five times, second-team All-NFL three other times. . . Named All-NFC three times. . .Elected to seven Pro Bowls. . . Born September 29, 1942, in Ontario, Oregon.

Kids Zone Classic with Dave Wilcox, NFL Hall of Fame, San Francisco 49rs!  Click on this link to register!

The Neighbors for Kids Board of Directors is proud and honored to present the “Kids Zone Classic” in our 6th year as one of the most recognizable and popular charity golf tournaments on the Central Oregon Coast.  I remember as a new NFK Board Member 6 years ago when we started with dreams of building a charity golf event that would become a classic in the years to come.  We are grateful for the support of Chinook Winds Casino & Golf Resort, and PR manager, Heather Hatton, who is also the Taft HS golf coach.  Heather helped jump start the idea of promoting the best of Lincoln County’s HS golfers by donating green fees for selected students from each of the Lincoln County School District HS golf teams.  The NFK Board really felt that we should make our annual charity golf event about the K-12 kids we serve by recognizing young and aspiring golfers from our local community.  We then asked new NFK Board Director, Liz Martin, with a long history of golf experience from Agate Beach Golf Course in Newport to help us achieve lofty goals to become the very best charity golf event on the Central Oregon Coast.  Liz has done a truly amazing job chairing the event each year.

Since 1999 the success of Neighbors for Kids and signature after-school program “Kids Zone” has been a labor of love by the community as a whole.  With the passion and commitment from our staff, volunteers, and the NFK Board of Directors, we can now call ourselves the “Kids Zone Golf Classic!”  We are especially thankful to Chinook Winds Casino & Golf Resort and our many sponsors who have help make this event NFK’s largest fund raiser of the year.  The proceeds all contribute to a continued effort to offer the finest after-school, and summer camp education and enrichment programs on the Central Oregon Coast.  NFK is also a partner of the LCSD 21st Century Community Learning Center.

I can’t wait to get out on the course on July 18th in a foursome with my neighbors from the community of LIttle Whale Cove in Depoe Bay.  We all look forward to the fun and camaraderie of our entire community sharing in this amazing annual event to benefit “Kids Zone” in Depoe Bay, Oregon.

Steve Sparks, Vice Chair, Neighbors for Kids, Depoe Bay, Oregon

Neighbors for Kids “Kids Zone” Summer Camp… Rides Again!

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Kids Zone Summer Camp 2015…click for larger view…

Kids Zone Summer Camp 2015!

To register for Neighbors For Kids’ awesome Summer Camp,

click on the registration link now!

 

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Last summer was Kids Zone’s first crack at offering a full day summer camp, and we were thrilled with the high level of interest by the community, especially the kids who participated.  This year we invested much more time in planning this program, and anticipate a enthusiastic response from Depoe Bay and surrounding Lincoln County areas, including Lincoln City and Newport.

Please join us this summer starting June 22nd for what is expected to be a fabulous “Nine Weeks of Edutainment” for kids, adult volunteers, mentors, and teachers!

Best wishes for a healthy and active summer to all families in Lincoln County, Oregon!

Steve Sparks, Vice Chair, www.neighborsforkids.org

“From our home to yours, we wish you good health, calm spirits, creativity, and time shared with those you love in the coming year.”

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Arches National Park, Moab Utah, June 2014 Judy & Steve in the Arch following the long hike up!  Click photo to expand view…

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30th Wedding Anniversary, Cannon Beach, Oregon April 2014…Click photo to expand view…

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Mom, Marcella, Age 96, at Christmas 2014 opening gifts…  Click photo to expand view…

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HaPpY NeW yEaR!                                                                  December, 2014

Wishing all of you Happy Holidays and a Happy 2015!  Hard to believe we’re already 15 years into the 21st Century.  2014 was a good year for us.  We celebrated our 30th anniversary in April and renewed our vows in Cannon Beach, Oregon.  We had a wonderful party for two, and enjoyed a few nights at the beach about 100 miles north of Depoe Bay. 

We never seem to tire of our life here on the Oregon Coast.  It was unusually great weather from July through September, so we enjoyed daily beach walks, looking for sea glass, and breathing fresh salt air when we weren’t playing golf.  I played with Agate Beach Women’s Golf Club this year and went to several Invitationals at other local courses this summer….really fun!  Steve was able to start playing by July, following another shoulder surgery in February.  We both worked to put on our Neighbors for Kids Charity annual golf tourney in late July, our nonprofit’s major fundraiser.  I played in a Ladies foursome of friends, and Steve sponsored and played with a group of local high school Golf Team stars.  We had a great day, enjoyed having Dan Fouts play with us again, and raised significant funds for NFK’s model afterschool program

We traveled stateside twice this year.  During May/June we traveled throughout the Southwest for a month.  Steve participated in the American Military Family Museum opening in Albuquerque, NM, and has since had his written work on children and families suffering from trauma archived through the museum.  We also visited with staff at the Vietnam Memorial Museum near Angel Fire, NM, and the Bataan Museum in Sante Fe.  We spent a week of quality time with the principals who founded the new museum in Albuquerque, a great group of high energy people we now call our friends.  We were welcomed and honored to be hosted by our new friends.

Steve spoke with a Veterans for Vets group in Pagosa Springs, Co, where we spent a week following our time in New Mexico.  We also loved soaking in the Pagosa Hot Springs.  Moab was another fun stop on our return trip home, hiking in Arches National Park.  We made it to the top!

During October we traveled to Long Beach (Lone Sailor Memorial) to attend our niece’s wedding on the Queen Mary and spent time with Steve’s sister Laura, her daughters and extended family.  We also saw close friends in San Diego and loved catching up, and stayed a few days on the beach near the Oceanside Pier.  We drove over to Palm Springs area for a few days to see my sister Joy and nephew Max, and more longtime friends.  So it was great to see everyone and enjoy some warm weather.  We saw Steve’s 96 year old Mother in Reno on our way home and old friends in the Bay Area.  We feel blessed!

Steve was elected as Depoe Bay City Councilor in November.  He’ll be sworn into office on January 6.  He’s spent the last few months doing due diligence and is ready to hit the ground running next month!  Needless to say, we’ve really gotten to know many folks here, and we both enjoy being engaged in the community.

I’ll continue my volunteer work at Neighbors for Kids as their Family Literacy Coordinator.  We host a monthly Family Night, focusing on building literacy skills and offering learning opportunities connected with our STEAM programs (science, technology, engineering, art and math).  We serve a meal and offer fun activities parents can share with their children.  Our events have grown this year so our outreach to families seems to be catching on.  We have willing community partners that want to see our kids succeed, and our programs are a positive addition to our local public schools. Like many places, education funding is an ongoing struggle here, so it’s cool to be able to help children in our own community.

We enjoyed Christmas with Sarah and her boyfriend, Ron…….oh, and of course our grand dog Skai!  They were with us the 24th – 26th.  Sarah is in transition and plans to work in her field, case management or child behavior management, in Portland after the first of the year.  We’re happy she’s not too far away.  Steve’s older daughters and their families live in Southern California and Minneapolis, MN, so we don’t see our grandkids as often as we’d like.  They’re almost all young adults now! Ages 21, 20, 19 and 14.

From our home to yours, we wish you good health, calm spirits, creativity, and time shared with those you love in the coming year.

 Steve & Judy Sparks, Depoe Bay, Oregon

Reconciliation: A Son’s Story and My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1…click on the highlighted text for my author page…

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Gorgeous Sunset at Oceanside, Ca. October 2014…Don’t miss the rare capture of Sea Gull in photo!

 

Practicing Mindfulness is Life Changing! Being in the present…Now a classroom exercise for kids…

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Jon Kabat-Zinn: There are a lot of different ways to talk about mindfulness, but what it really means is awareness. Anderson Cooper: Is it being present? Jon Kabat-Zinn: It is being present. That’s exactly what it is.

Being Present and Aware is Mindfulness…  Quote from this website article and highly informative video clip with Anderson Cooper, CBS News 60 Minutes…

Anderson Cooper: I don’t feel I’m very present in each moment. I feel like every moment I’m either thinking about something that’s coming down the road, or something that’s been in the past.

Jon Kabat-Zinn: So ultimately all this preparing is for what? For the next moment, like the last moment, like, and then we’re dead (laugh) so in a certain way…

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Our teachers at Neighbors for Kids, Depoe Bay, Oregon, spend a couple of minutes before each new program or class to help kids to be in the present…to be mindful.  I have watched the technique many times and notice immediately how important it is to learning for children to transition quietly and breathe deeply as a way to focus on the present.  Kids run from one thing to the next, minds full of anticipation and reflection…often not ready to focus in the present.  Helping kids get back to being in the moment really works!

It took me many decades and most of my life to appreciate the value of being in the present.  Mindfulness is the foundation for my own journey of healing as a trauma survivor.  I am practicing being in the present right now while writing this important blog post.  Writing is one of my key treatment strategies that changed my life almost 4 years ago while researching and writing my book, along with starting this blog.  My mind does drift and being in the present takes some discipline.  Self talk resulting from returning to a painful past and thinking too much about the future with anxiety is a habit not easily broken, especially for trauma survivors. 

Although my life experience has proven that during those special times that I unknowingly practiced being in the present, it was always relaxing and joyful…  I dreamed of being mindful of the present every moment of the day, but did not know how…  I haven’t yet achieved perfection at “being,” but the joy of being present most of the time these days is a peace of mind to be treasured…  Jon Kabat-Zinn: “a timeless quality of being in the moment…”

Steve Sparks, Author, Reconciliation: A Son’s Story and My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1…  Click on the highlighted text for my author page…

Neighbors for Kids in Depoe Bay, Oregon… Offers Academics During Extended School Day…

 

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Neighbors for Kids After-School Focus on Literacy…

Neighbors for Kids, Depoe Bay, Oregon…Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math (STEAM)! Quote from this page, Academic Excellence & Achievement Program (AXAP).

“When students master skills in Reading and Math, they go to school feeling good about their accomplishments.  Getting help with homework allows students to go to school prepared and feeling confident.
The Academic Excellence & Achievement Program (AXAP) provides one-on-one support in Reading and Math, as well as Homework Help. Students are taught important skills by caring, professional educators, following a comprehensive diagnostic assessment.”
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Academic Excellence & Achievement Program (AXAP)…K-12 After-School Tutoring & Mentoring

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I am so proud of the work we do at Neighbors for Kids, Depoe Bay, Oregon!  I am also honored to have been part of this outstanding after-school program as a board member for the last 5 years.  It has been the best work of my life!

Even when we are away on vacation, I get fun reminders everyday like the photo above showing our children reading “big books” from our new library.  In cooperation with the Lincoln County School District (LCSD) and the “21st Century Community Learning Center Program,” we take literacy development very seriously as a key priority during the hours of 3pm-6pm.  We also team up with parents and volunteers for additional support during a monthly evening or Saturday event through our “Family Literacy Program.”

Although we are having a great time getting away for two weeks enjoying visits with family and friends and the beautiful weather in Southern California, I am anxious to get home and get back to the work I love, helping Neighbors for Kids succeed as a sustainable 21st Century after-school model for the future.  The children and families in Lincoln County Oregon are the big winners!  It is an honor to be part of the NFK team of staff and volunteers who make a difference each and every day for kids…

Steve Sparks, Vice Chair, Neighbors for Kids , Depoe Bay, Oregon

 

 

 

 

“Be A Kid’s Hero Daily” by Ginger Kadlec… What is child maltreatment?

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Steve Sparks, age 10 in 1956, was a victim of “child maltreatment” during his early child and young adult life…

Child Maltreatment is Real!  Quote from Ginger Kadlec’s “Be a Child’s Hero Daily” website…

“Child “maltreatment” is defined as “violent or cruel treatment” and encompasses a variety of abuses including physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect.  Researchers reviewed nearly 5.7 million confirmed cases of maltreatment that were registered in the The National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS). This study found that approximately 80% of the child maltreatment cases involved neglect.”

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Child advocate, blogger and children’s author “wanna-be” working to improve the world one child at a time. Join Ginger’s efforts via her website at www.gingerkadlec.com.

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Be a Kid’s Hero Daily…  Click on this website and subscribe to updates…  Quote from Ginger Kadlec…

“With an estimated 1 in 8 children victimized by maltreatment in the United States, child abuse is a problem of pandemic proportion. While it can be a difficult subject to discuss, we must address the issue of child abuse head-on to ensure the safety of little ones who entrust their very lives to the big people around them.”

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Ginger Kadlec is one of my favorite heroes!  She is by any measure an example of “Be a Kid’s Hero Daily.”  Ginger and I became friends a couple of years ago and collaborated on an article, The War Within: PTSD, (click highlighted text) that remains very popular to this day…  Ginger and I stay in touch on a regular basis.  She gave me great encouragement and helped me on my own journey of healing following the publication of Reconciliation: A Son’s Story in November 2011.

I refer to my life as a child as the “too terrible to remember 1950’s and early 1960’s.  It took me most of my adult life to forgive my parents and the toxic life we lived while growing up.  Forgiveness was absolutely critical to healing from child abuse and emotional neglect during my early years as a kid and young adult.  My father suffered terribly as a victim of severe trauma from hard combat during all of WWII and deployment during the Korean War as well.  My mother developed severe symptoms of secondary PTSD from her own Depression Era childhood, and as a military spouse and mother from the “Greatest Generation.”  Dad passed away in 1998 and lived a relatively peaceful life during his last years following a regimen of mental health treatments.  Mother is turning 96 this September and still has flashbacks from those post WWII years as a caregiver for my father.  We siblings carried the emotional baggage of PTSD forward as well, which we now know as the intergenerational effect and impact of living in a toxic home where love and kindness is almost non-existent.  PTSD hangs on like bad genes if not treated effectively or if the trauma victim is in denial….

I enjoy peace of mind these days as a senior citizen.  No longer are the bad dreams, the constant anxiety, depression, and ache in my heart, including physical pain.  No child should have to live with toxic circumstances at home, at play, or in school…never!  I spend my life in retirement making a difference for kids in my work with Neighbors for Kids in Depoe Bay, Oregon.  My life now is a blessing and a journey of healing, but still a work in progress.  Kids or adults who suffer from severe trauma often live with PTSD symptoms for a lifetime…the pain never leaves your heart and mind…but alternative treatment strategies keep my feet on the ground.  I am also blessed with an amazing spouse, family members, and great friends who help keep me focused on the love and kindness I so desperately needed as a kid, and didn’t discover until later in life…

Steve Sparks, Author, Reconciliation: A Son’s Story and My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1… Click highlighted text for my author page…

 

Screening Kids to Prevent Childhood Trauma… Ask not what is wrong with your child, ask what happened!

 

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CDC’s Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES) Click highlighted text for more…

 

 

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Tabitha Lawson and her two happy children

Parents and Teachers Help Prevent Childhood Trauma (ACES)  Quote from this website article from ACES too High News…

“When parents bring their four-month-olds to a well-baby checkup at the Children’s Clinic in Portland, OR, Drs. Teri Petersen, R.J. Gillespie and their 15 other partners ask the parents about their adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

When parents bring a child who’s bouncing off the walls and having nightmares to the Bayview Child Health Center in San Francisco, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris doesn’t ask: “What’s wrong with this child?” Instead, she asks, “What happened to this child?” and calculates the child’s ACE score.”

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When I was growing up in the 1950’s and early 1960’s the conversation at home and in school was “what is wrong with your child rather than what happened to this child.”  Childhood trauma is not new.  We still have toxic homes and neighborhoods, but parents and teachers know more in the 21st Century thanks to the CDC ACES study and testing.  “The ACE Study findings suggest that certain experiences are major risk factors for the leading causes of illness and death as well as poor quality of life in the United States.”

As a child advocate and vice chair of Neighbors for Kids, a popular after-school program in Depoe Bay, Oregon, we often have to address all types of special needs of kids, including the effects of trauma.  The more we know from collaboration with public school teachers and parents, we are able to pay particular attention to traumatized children and help them effectively.  I know from my own traumatic childhood experience that growing up feeling alone, scared, and asking myself “what is wrong with me” or hearing “what is wrong with you” had long term damaging consequences on my ability to build self confidence and feel connected with other kids and my adult mentors.  Eventually joining the US Navy at age 17 as a young adult saved the day.  No child should suffer from emotional neglect and abuse and believe there is something wrong with them…early recognition and special attention is critical!

When you observe a child bouncing off the walls, or looking scared and lonely, please show love and compassion.  As a teacher, mentor, and parent you are in a great position to help children heal from a traumatic experience by seeking more information about life at home by asking “what happened” and providing the loving care and attention all children deserve…sooner than later…

Steve Sparks, Author, My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1, and Reconciliation: A Son’s Story…  Click highlighted text for my author page…

Should Kids Understand the Value of Mindfulness?

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Planting the seeds of mindfulness…

Teaching Mindfulness and Meditation to Children…  Quote from the article,

Planting the Seeds of Mindfulness

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Earlier this morning, my daughter has asked me if I had meditated after I woke up, and it just so happens that I had, so I knew meditation was on her mind. As she sat at the dining room table, sobbing into her cereal, I told her that one reason I meditate is so I can practice choosing my thoughts, so I can get better at keeping the ones I want and getting ride of the ones I don’t.

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As vice chair of Neighbors for Kids, I have the privilege and opportunity to work closely with our staff and the children as part of my role as a board member for this amazing after-school program in Depoe Bay, Oregon.  Our program is growing with many new kids registering for the start of the new school year and a very popular summer camp well underway.  Our kids become very excited and busy with recreation and academic programs centered in a core learning curriculum known as “STEAM,”  A Framework for Teaching Across the Disciplines.   We are also an after-school site for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers project in collaboration with the Lincoln County School District (LCSD).

Our teachers and volunteers take a few minutes before each class to help students relax and refocus…a mindfulness exercise.  The exercise is as simple as staying quiet for 3 minutes with some deep breathing and positive thoughts.  Often children are distracted because of the challenges of socializing and sometimes from sad thoughts.  I could easily see that taking a little time for meditation with the kids helps them get ready for a new learning experience.  The short break between programs also helps us adults do a better job of mentoring and teaching kids as well. 

I have written often in this blog about the topic of “mindfulness”  (click highlighted text for video clip) in the context of life after trauma for adults.  But the practice and benefits of meditation or mindfulness therapy definitely apply broadly as a way to relax for people of all ages.  Children in particular get stressed out the same as adults.  We all need a mindful timeout a few times a day to stay calm and focused on the joy of living, learning, and growing.

Steve Sparks, Author, My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1 and Reconciliation: A Son’s Story…  Click highlighted text for my author page…

Former Oregon Duck and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts urges “safety in sports” at the 5th annual Neighbors for Kids Charity Golf Tournament Saturday, July 19, at Chinook Winds Golf Resort…

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From the left, Logan, Steve, Janie, and Gray at Chinook Winds Golf Resort, Lincoln City, Oregon on July 19, 2014… Neighbors for Kids (NFK) 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament… Click photo for larger view…

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Steve, with Logan, Gray, and Janie, sinking a redeeming putt on the 16th hole! Click photo for larger view…

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Dan Fouts during the 5th annual Neighbors For Kids Charity Golf Tournament Saturday, July 19, at Chinook Winds Golf Resort… Photo / Joe Janvoksky

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Judy Sparks, Dan Fouts, and Lyn Morgan at Chinook Winds Golf Resort…Neighbors for Kids 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament…

 

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Soul Searching…Beautiful Piano Solo… click highlighted text to listen and relax…

I have been away from my office and the joy of writing this blog for awhile…  My day job and passion in retirement is vice chair of Neighbors for Kids in Depoe Bay, Oregon.  We held our 5th annual charity golf tournament at Chinook Winds Golf Resort in Lincoln City, Oregon, on Saturday, July 19, 2014…The charity event was a fabulous success with over 100 players, including 12 top high school sponsored golfers.  Dan Fouts, NFL Hall of Fame, 1993, San Diego Chargers played in the event again this year and urged safety in sports during an interview  with the Lincoln City NewsGuard…  (click highlighted text for more)

I was very proud and honored to have played in NFK’s 5th Annual Charity Golf event yesterday.  The kids in the photo above in my foursome include, from the left, Logan, (Steve), Janie, and Gray.  Logan is age 12, from Taft, and plays like a future Tiger Woods!  Both Janie and Gray, HS seniors from Newport, are very good on the course.  All three are exemplary kids and young adults…  I was able to redeem myself from time to time with some great shots, especially on the 16th hole pictured above.  It was one of the best times in my life on the golf course…  The experience touched my heart deeply…

This year’s tournament was also a defining moment for Neighbors for Kids.  The photos above make a powerful statement of who we are as we go forward making a huge difference for kids and the community we serve. We are so very grateful for the overwhelming community support for this event!  There is so much to be thankful for as we celebrate and appreciate the heartwarming work we do for children and families in Lincoln County, Oregon.

Steve Sparks, Author, My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1 and Reconciliation: A Son’s Story…  Click highlighted text for my author page…

Neighbors for Kids (NFK) 5th Annual Charity Golf Tourney at Chinook Winds Golf Resort on July 19th…Bid to play in Dan Fouts foursome…

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Judy Sparks with Dan Fouts at Chinook Winds Golf Resort for “meet & greet” evening before NFK Golf “Fore” Kids Charity Tournament in 2011. Click photo for larger view…

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Click here to register as a player or sponsor…

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Dan Fouts, HOF ’93 San Diego Charges & CBS Sports

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Signed NFL Football Auctioned at NFK Golf Tourney in 2013.

Neighbors for Kids 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament!  Click here to participate as a sponsor or player… Neighbors For Kids                                                           Contact:  Executive Director Toby Winn Depoe Bay, OR                                                                                                            541-765-8990 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      director@neighborsforkids.org July 7, 2014 Neighbors For Kids 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament That time of year is here again! Sign up for Neighbors For Kids’ 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, July 19, at Chinook Winds Golf Resort. Registration will begin at 8:00am, with a shotgun start at 9:00, for an 18-hole scramble.  Entry fees are $100 per player/$400 per foursome, which includes green fees, golf cart, continental breakfast, catered lunch, golf goody bag and an opportunity to win prizes and awards. Golf fans and NFK supporters came out in record numbers to last year’s event, and we look forward to a fun day of golf, friends, prizes, and more! Neighbors For Kids is excited to announce that NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback Dan Fouts will be playing in the tournament this year.  Chinook Winds Resort will host a “Meet and Greet” reception with Dan on Friday evening, July 18, from 5:00 to 7:00.  Guests will have an opportunity to visit with Dan and place a bid to play on Fouts’s team. A putting contest will be held from 6:00 to 7:00pm. Men’s and women’s teams will be competing for KP, long drive and gross scores, and student teams, sponsored by Chinook Winds, will also be playing.  Offered again this year is the Hole-in-One prize of a custom-built Shelby Cobra Replica, sponsored by Duane Silbernagel of Waddell and Reed.  Other sponsors include: North Lincoln Sanitary, the River House Inn, Chinook Winds Casino Resort, WorldMark by Wyndham, and CoastCom. All participants will have the chance to bid on silent auction items at this fundraising event. Non-golfers are invited to join in for lunch at 1:30 pm at $22 per person. Beth Unverzagt, executive director of OregonASK, Oregon’s statewide network for out-of-school-time services, will be our luncheon Keynote Speaker this year. Organized by the Neighbors For Kids Board of Directors, the golf tournament is our largest fundraiser of the year, part of the annual campaign to raise funds to promote and support the educational and enrichment programs at Kids Zone, NFK’s signature after-school and summer programs in math and reading, visual arts, music, computer technology and science education; to provide state-of-the-art equipment and facilities; and to foster positive youth development through mentoring. Neighbors For Kids was established in 1999 by a group of concerned Depoe Bay citizens to provide youth with a safe and productive place to go after school.  For more information and to register individually or as a team, visit www.neighborsforkids.org  and follow us on Facebook.

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Dan Fouts signed football as shown above sits in my office.  I enjoy being reminded of the many years Dan played for the San Diego Chargers and his record breaking passing game…”becoming the first player in history to throw for 4,000 yards in three consecutive seasons.”  I rarely missed a Chargers game, especially when they played my home team, Seattle Seahawks…always an exciting shoot-out to the end… The best part is Dan Fouts  (click highlighted link) loves kids and our community on Oregon’s beautiful Central Coast.  He is a long time supporter of Neighbors for Kids in Depoe Bay and our annual charity golf tournament.  We are most grateful for Dan’s support and participation at this year’s charity event at Chinook Winds Golf Resort.  Dan will also be with us on Friday evening July 18th for a “meet and greet” at Chinook Winds Aces Sports Bar & Grill…5-7pm, including putting contest and prizes. See you all there for this great cause and charity event to help support NFK’s “Kids Zone” after-school program and the children and families of our community… Steve Sparks, Author, My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1, and Reconciliation: A Son’s Story… Click the highlighted text for my author page… Vice Chair, Neighbors for Kids