The mission of the Hyland Hills Foundation is simple: promote and support the recreational and cultural opportunities of the residents of Hyland Hills. The volunteer-run foundation pays special attention to children in the district offering recreation and sports scholarships to children, free activities and the signature Be-A-Fish program, which offers free swim lessons to every child in the district.
During the foundation’s annual Hy Five for Kids luncheon on Oct. 18, community members were reminded of the many services provided by the foundation and were encouraged to donate funds to continue on the many recreation scholarships that get children off of the street and into a fun, safe environment.
For Federal Heights patrol officer Frank Turek, these scholarships make all the difference, not only for the children, but the police officers who work hard to keep the community safe.
“Hyland Hills prevents crimes through the opportunities they provide for the children in this community,” Turek said. “Kids find opportunities to do crimes and get into trouble. But if they have opportunities to do something productive, not destructive through these programs, that makes a difference.”
Keynote speaker at the luncheon, Darren McKee, or D-Mac, co-host of the The Drive radio show, knows his fair share of sports, to say the least. The radio host talks all things sports during the weekday afternoons with his co-host Alfred “Big Al” Williams, a former Denver Bronco. During the luncheon McKee about the importance of sports in his life growing up and how sports can change the lives of many youth today.
“All you coaches and volunteers, you are helping kids you don’t even know and whatever you face, keep your focus on what is best for the kids so those kids can grow up and be great people,” he said. “And when that kid comes over to you and smiles, and calls you coach, it’s all worth it.”
The money raised during the luncheon will go to continuance of the scholarship program, the annual Hyland Hills Easter Egg Hunt, Putts for a Purpose, the Be-A-Fish learn to swim program, a yearly Missoula Children’s Theater production, the annual Halloween Spooktacular and more. For more information on the Hyland Hills Foundation or to donate money, visit www.hylandhillsfoundation.org.