July 10, 2017
The Westman Area, centered in Brandon, MB, is a busy region packed with sports! There are so many opportunities for people of all ages to be involved in active living, from their free, outdoor fitness equipment, the skating oval, the many walking/hiking trails, to the amazing facilities for swimming, baseball, hockey, lacrosse, tennis and much more. The region is packed with ways for people of all ages and abilities to be active citizens; and it is so great to visit Brandon and see how busy these facilities are! The people of Westman so obviously take pride in their communities and have a passion for sport. It is the perfect home for the newest project taking shape there, Boyd Stadium.
Boyd Stadium is a project near and dear to my heart. It is named for my late brother-in-law, Kevin Boyd, who had a passion for connecting with kids through football. In his time as a high school and youth league coach, he mentored over 5000 kids and it was his dream, along with his friend, Blaine Moroz, to one day build a field, a home for the Westman Youth Football League. Since the project's inception, the entire Westman community has stepped up to raise the money for the first phase of Boyd Stadium. The Westman Youth Football family and the community as a whole have come together in a way that is awe inspiring, to make their late coach and president's dream a reality. They are giving their sport a home, so that hundreds of kids can come to play, learn and connect. The Kraft Heinz Project Play would specifically help Boyd Stadium by allowing for stadium lights, a clubhouse and bathrooms on site.
The impact that Boyd Stadium is already having on the Westman area is, indeed, a great one. To watch this community come together in support of such a great cause, giving football a home in Westman, Is enough to make me want to cry. Because in doing so, they are honouring the memory of one of my favorite people, Kevin Boyd. The Westman Youth Football League is already working with Brandon Minor Baseball, who also calls Simplot Millenial Park home, to schedule games and practices so that parents have their children involved in both sports and not have to drive across town and rush around getting from one practice to the next. They are doing their best to make it as simple as possible for families to be involved in youth sports.