After years of wanting to have a “give back” element to Blue Lollipop Road that encouraged traveling and the importance of staying active in community and in life, I brainstormed with a long-time soccer friend during one of my many road trips, about how best to honor our two lost teammates who’d gifted us so many happy times during our years together in high school and on the soccer field. How could we celebrate them? We came up with a plan for a full-scale event weekend & travel scholarship, and Play It Forward was born! Now, each summer on a July weekend in Southern Vermont, BLR hosts Play It Forward, which brings my hometown community members together to reconnect, celebrate, and honor our lost friends. The weekend kicks off with a Welcome Back Party Friday night, and Saturday includes a gifting of the Blue Lollipop Road Memorial Travel Scholarship, an Alumni Soccer Game, and evening Celebration Cocktails.
Through playing sports and having coaches who were incredible mentors growing up, I learned about teamwork and confidence. I learned that by taking care of my body and exercising, I would take care of my mind and soul too. I also found that no classroom education taught or stretched me like travel does. I decided Play It Forward should have a travel scholarship that would be gifted to high school students who embody the spirit and zest for life our friends did, to support their travel goals.
Since the first BLR Play It Forward Event in 2012, we have gifted scholarships to 6 students and impacted thousands of people in the community. Our numbers grow each year with more and more participation during our weekend long celebration.
(Photo credits to Adam Samrov.)
*** Mark your calendars to join us for the 6th Annual BLR Play It Forward on Friday July 7th & Saturday July 8th, 2017! ***
Get weekly event information updates on our public Play It Forward Facebook page here.
Questions about Play It Forward or want to get involved? Awesome! Contact Diane.
All registrations for the Play It Forward event are considered donations as they go towards the scholarship fund. You can register now by clicking the donate button below.
Our t-shirts represent so much more than a brand. They represent community. We created the Play It Forward event with a goal to “REMEMBER. CELEBRATE. LIVE.”
Donations made to Play It Forward go towards the Blue Lollipop Road Memorial Scholarship Fund. Please click “Donate” below to contribute. Thank you for making a difference!