Over an eight week period the students meet with adults who facilitate as mentors guiding each adventure racer in finding his own leadership and teamwork attributes. Mentors also help develop the racers’ specific physical skills for adventure racing. Through team building activities these boys come to understand the importance of finding the physical and emotional strengths of team members. Individuals learn not only the power in their own strengths, but also the value in acknowledging the strengths in others.
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Matt Vander Sys
Co-Founder, Board President Endurance Adventure
Owner Endurance Sports Ventures, L.L.C.
Matt is currently employed at Machine Repair GE Aviation, in Muskegon, Michigan. He is passionate about our natural resources as well as maintaining an active lifestyle. Creating fun, healthy outdoor based activities for middle school aged kids is his goal for Endurance Adventure.
Board Vice President
Jim was born and raised, right here, in Muskegon, Michigan. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University and has been teaching at Reeths-Puffer Schools for the last 15 years. He enjoys being outdoors and active with his wife and three boys, who will all take part in Endurance Adventure as soon as they are old enough. He became involved with Endurance Adventure its second year in existence when he saw the enormous impact it had on the students involved. Since that initial year he has been a coach and now a board member. It is his hope that this program will continue to grow leaders and lifelong outdoor enthusiasts for years to come.
Roxanne Vander Sys
Roxanne is currently employed at Comerica Bank, where she works as a commercial lending assistant. Her years of experience in banking along with a passion for health and wellness makes her a perfect fit for EA
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Nick Kunnen received his Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology and Psychology in 2002 from Hope College. He taught Physical Education at Reeths Puffer Schools until 2011, then became the Dean of Students at Reeths Puffer Intermediate School. Nick has a passion developing extra and co-curricular opportunities for students. In his free time, Nick enjoys spending time with family and being outdoors.
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She is a full time counselor at Reeths-Puffer Intermediate School. Kelley is the coordinator for Girls on the Run and Endurance Adventure. She has also been fundamental to coordinating district-wide programs such as Purple Games, RoofOff! GameOn! and Rocket City Games. Kelley's love fro running started with her first 5K as a coach of a Girls on the Run, and now she has qualified for the Boston Marathon. She believes these after school programs are great for participants and volunteers and that her life is better for having volunteered with Endurance Adventure.
Dave is a physical therapist at Shoreline Sport and Spine in Spring Lake. He is passionate about trail running, triathlon, cycling, mountain biking, snowshoeing and just about everything that the West Michigan outdoors has to offer. It is this love for all things active that is the primary driving force behind his decision to get involved in Endurance Adventure.
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In our culture we often perceive that our young men and women must be strong in every area and to never concede a weakness. With the current world economy, team effort is paramount to success. Future leaders will need not only skill acquisition, but also a strong foundation of working with a diverse team comprised of various levels of physical and emotional strength. With all the excitement of an Adventure Program, the middle school athletes will find their own contributions along with a host of new, life-long skills.
For some of the middle school boys and girls, this may be the first time they have ever experienced real camaraderie or built a trusting relationship with a strong mentor. For others, the thrill will be in capturing the natural high in cooperative competition while being physical in the life-long activities of biking, canoeing, running and orienteering.
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