Pay it forward.
My first volunteer effort with our company was the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic. I was working the event, delivering and passing out water, meeting people, the whole nine yards. I don’t know if I could’ve imagined back then that I’d be involved with the event for the next 12 years! Since that first race, I’ve definitely taken more of a leadership role within the company, trying to tie Zephyrhills back into the community as much as possible with additional volunteer efforts at other running events in the area. I now spearhead all Zephyrhills water donation and delivery efforts.
I believe in paying it forward. It’s a value I’ve stressed to my daughter Tayla, pretty much since she was old enough to understand. A lot of what I do – the volunteering, the local clean up events, supporting the causes in the community – that’s all for her, and me trying to be a good example for her. Now that she’s a little older, she’s become a big part of our team. She’s right there with me when we’re delivering water and passing bottles out to the runners, the same things I started out doing. So when I watch her, it feels like it’s all come full circle. It’s great because we’re spending all this time together, and we get to bond over giving back.