I recently had the honor and privilege of being a part of the selection committee to help choose our high school representatives (two sophomore boys and two sophomore girls) for the J. Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation (JKB). As a second-year member of this committee, it never ceases to amaze me the quality and high caliber of student athletes that are nominated for this award and that we have the pleasure of interviewing. A grueling process for them, they consistently show a very high level of character and integrity, demonstrating through action why they would be considered for such a prestigious honor.
The variety of activities and/or volunteer work they are involved in, along with their academic achievement and leadership qualities, are truly second to none. They are, most definitely, the cream of the crop, the best of the best, displaying aspects in their personalities that allow them to truly make a difference for others―especially if these characteristics are nurtured and developed. And that is exactly whatthe J. Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation is all about.
Started by Ken and Colleen Braid, after experiencing the terrible tragedy of losing their son to suicide, their foundation’s purpose focuses on creating better leaders out of strong student athletes. The type of leaders that can reach out to
others in need, that many look up to and aspire to be, who set good examples and help their peers move toward positive change, “resist negative peer pressure” and become part of the solution, rather than part of the problem.
To turn a tragedy into such a positive experience for others, teach adolescents how to “inspire,” have “influence,” make “better decisions,” and simply make the world around them a better place, that is no easy task.
Yet the Braids have dedicated their lives to making just such a difference. Here take a look:
What a wonderful, positive organization. A group destined to have an impact through the work they do. Taking the best, making them better; sounds like a plan that can actually make a difference.
Again, it was a pleasure being part of the selection committee. I am looking forward to next year. My best to the Braids and their organization, may the future bring greatness to all they touch.