Shelby Promoter – Publication
Paying it Forward… when you are the recipient of a kind act, instead of paying back that person – you extend an act of kindness to someone else in need, thus paying if forward.
That is the premise of the “Pay It Forward” employee program of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation and The Washington Companies. The Foundation is the major philanthropic organization for The Washington Companies and the Washington family. Since its inception, Foundation giving and the Washington Family’s personal charitable contributions have totaled more than $130 million. The Foundation serves to support programs and services that give people the tools to enhance the quality of their lives and to benefit society as a whole.
As part of the 2014 “Pay It Forward” program, 2003 Shelby High Alumni, Kyle Carter was very fortunate to be selected as a recipient. Kyle, accounting manager at Montana Resources in Butte chose to pay it forward in his home community with the Little Guy Football Program. The Little Guy Football Program is run through Mike White, Head Football Coach at Shelby High School assisted by volunteer coaches who step up each year. This past year Aaron White, Dan Leck, Chance Keller and Brandon Wooten assisted Coach White, plus many more parents volunteered their time to help with concessions during Shelby’s annual jamboree.
The Little Guy Football Program consists of fourth and fifth grade boys who are given the opportunity to develop their football skills, learn teamwork, and enjoy the competition. Thirty to thirty-five children participate in the program each year.
The $500.00 giving card will be used to purchase seven football helmets for the program. In addition, former Shelby High grad, Tuff Toldness of Riddell Sales of Missoula will donate two helmets and Kyle and his family will contribute funds for additional helmets. In an effort to continue to “pay it forward”, the Little Guys Program will participate in a community project next fall in the hopes that others in the community will extend acts of kindness and continue to “Pay It Forward.”
According to Coach White, “It is very exciting for a young football player to try on their helmet and gear for the first time…it takes a lot of outside dedication, positive energy and passion to have a successful youth program and I am very proud and thankful to be a part of Shelby’s youth football program and work with the many who help make this happen.”
“Also, we can’t thank Kyle Carter, his family (Tom and Lorette) along with Tuff Toldness for thinking of our youth football program. We will definitely come up with an idea to pay it forward to keep this wonderful thought going.”