Game Day Memories Co-Founder,
President & Board Member
Bo Mitchell is the Founder and President of Game Day Memories, a non-profit organization helping families with special needs children get a “night off” by sending them to a major sporting event. He had the idea of starting Game Day Memories while serving as the chaplain for the Denver Nuggets where he witnessed a father by the name of Sherwood Owens sharing dinner on game nights with his son, Nick who was born with Spina Bifida and is restricted to a wheelchair. After dinner, Nick and his dad would watch the Nuggets game together. Nick connected with the team through a Children’s Hospital event and later worked as a locker room attendant and community ambassador for the Nuggets. Inspired by Sherwood and Nick’s experiences, Bo asked them if they would consider helping other families in the same situation. They loved the idea and soon thereafter, Game Day Memories was launched and is currently in 14 cities and 21 arenas and stadiums across the United States. Game Day Memories purchases tickets at reasonable prices and partners with organizations such as Special Olympics to distribute those tickets to eligible families at no charge. The goal is for Game Day Memories to be in every city in America where there are major sports teams so that more children and their families will be able to enjoy a night off and a quality of life experience.
Bo is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a degree in Marketing and has a Masters degree from Denver Seminary. During his years in college, Bo played basketball and baseball for the Buffalos. After college he joined the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Organization and played 2 years in the minor leagues. Following a career in the real estate business, Bo worked for 10 years as a program officer for the Anschutz Foundation. In 1991, Bo was asked to serve as the chaplain for the Denver Nuggets and served in that volunteer position for 20 years. His book called “Just Before Tip Off” shares some of his experiences with the team. Bo has emceed many events including, Focus on the Family Retreats, the Super Bowl prayer breakfast and two Pro Bowl luncheons. He served 13 years as a motivational speaker for the Furniture Row Companies, speaking on such subjects as leadership and communication skills to upper management, store managers and the sales force. He is the Co-founder of The Sky’s the Limit Inner City Day Camp, Cherry Hills Community Church, The Providence Network and The Teammates for Kids Foundation. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Board of Crosswalk Fellowship, a Colorado non-profit that hosts weekly men’s and couples bible studies in addition to a weekly radio program heard on 850 KOA in Denver called “You Get the Blessing”. He is also in his 5th year as a Senior Advisor for the Colorado Rockies and is entering his third year as the Rockies Team Chaplain.
Bo and his wife Gari have been married for 45 years and have two married children and four grandchildren.
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Greg is a graduate of the University of Utah (’76 BS Finance) and enjoyed careers in banking (Zions Bank) and real estate development (Anderson Child, Wallace, Inc.) before starting a marketing firm in 1989.
For the past 25 years, Greg has been the Managing Partner of the Crown Council, a worldwide association of dental professionals. The Crown Council is the largest independently owned for-profit dental association in the world.
Greg also serves as President of the Smiles for Life Foundation. Through a relationship with the dentists of the Crown Council, Smiles for Life has raised over $36,000,000 to help kids. Smiles for Life contributes financial resources to selected nonprofit organizations that effectively serve and primarily benefit children with an emphasis on health, education and inner-city services.
Greg has been married to Allyson Baker since 1973. They are the parents three children (Rachel, Stuart and Graham) who, along with six beautiful grandchildren (Ava, Addison, Samantha, Arthur, Zoe and Virginia) continue to be the central focus of their lives.
Enjoying work in the community, Greg has served as the President of the Granite Education Foundation, United Cerebral Palsy of Utah, Camp Kostopulos Foundation and has served on the Board of Directors of the University of Utah Alumni Association. For the past 13 years he has served (and continues to serve) on the international board of the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation.
Paul Andrews career in professional sports started in 1990 when he was hired in ticket sales with the Denver Nuggets. Over the next 20 years, Paul served in roles with the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche as Vice President of Ticket Sales, Chief Marketing Officer and finally Executive Vice President of Kroenke Sports Enterprises. His duties included oversight of the Venues owned by Kroenke Sports as well as the day to day business operations of the sports teams. Currently, Paul is the President/CEO of the National Western Stock Show and Complex hosting more than 240 events per year at the complex, while continuing the tradition of the National Western Stock Show each January, drawing more than 650,000 attendees in 16 days each year.
David J. Christie is a leading real estate developer in the Midwest, specializing in build to suit and site development. After completing his education at the University of Kansas, David began his real estate career in 1980s working for the Hank Dickerson Company for three and a half years prior to starting his own development company in the spring of 1984. David traveled for companies such as Lincoln Property Company and Pacific Realty securing apartment development sites in the early 80’s. He also worked as a contract leasing agent for Trammell Crow Company leasing grocery anchored shopping centers. Specializing in retail leasing and development, he proceeded to acquire land through the 80’s and early 90’s with partners. His focus has been retail development and renovation of existing centers, primarily grocery anchored properties. Mr. Christie has completed the development of over $750,000,000.00 in aggregate values including retail, offices, apartments and lot development. His primary focus with Christie Development is securing build to suit and power center opportunities with national and regional retailers including, Home Depot, Target, Kohl’s, Academy Sports, ALDI, Hobby Lobby and many others.
Mr. Christie has served on the board of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kansas City; Doulos Ministries, which operates inner city camps for at risk children; and the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation. He has also served on the board of directors for Lawrence Bank and Great American Bank.
David has two grown children, Natalie and Jon David, and he resides in Leawood, KS.
William “Larry” Elliott is a graduate of the University of Mississippi (1984) with a degree in Business Administration. Larry worked from 1984 to 1986 with Henry S. Miller/ Grubb & Ellis Commercial Real Estate in Houston as a broker in the Office Buildings Division. In 1986, he accepted a sales position with the EIM Controls Company, a manufacturer of Electric and Pneumatic Valve Actuators and Digital Control Systems for the Petro/ Chemical, Power Generation, Water/ Wastewater and Marine Industries. In March 2002, Larry was named President of EIM Controls Inc. and oversaw the business expansion opening offices in Newbury England, Rotterdam Holland, Milan Italy, Tokyo Japan, Beijing and Shanghai China, Seoul Korea and Caracas Venezuela. Also in 2002 Larry was founder and C.E.O. of MOV Controls LP, the major distribution and after sales service company for EIM Controls Inc. with facilities in Houston Texas, Baton Rouge Louisiana and Los Angeles California. In 2009 both EIM Controls and MOV Controls were sold to Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) where Larry held a business development consulting position through 2011. Early in 2010 Larry acquired All Plastics LLC a custom injection molding business and currently serves as its Chairman. Larry is additionally Managing Director of Pike R.I. Inc., a real estate investment holding company.
Larry has been married to Andrea Lorton since 1994. They have three daughters, twins Christiana and Catherine and a younger daughter Sarah Grace.
Larry and Andrea are involved and volunteer with various educational, church, political and philanthropic causes. Larry and Andrea are active members of the Houston Country Club and Larry is the past President of the Costero Club, a social breakfast club of professionals and businessmen in Houston.
Game Day Memories Co-Founder
& Board Member
On September 15th, 2016 we lost our close friend Joe Coors. Joe was instrumental in the founding of Game Day Memories. We miss him dearly and know that he is enjoying the greatest Game Day Memory ever. He put up a good fight until the very end and joyfully described his passing as, "nothing less than a relocation." As Christians we pass from life to life and the thoughts of seeing Joe again brings a smile to our faces. We miss you Joe.
Bringing nearly 30 years of experience and overseeing various aspects of the family business, Joe initially worked as a systems analyst programmer at Coors Porcelain Company in 1973. He later served as the Executive Vice President for Wilbanks International, Inc., the largest manufacturer of ceramic components for the pulp and paper industry where his executive leadership led to significant company growth. He became the V.P. of Corporate Quality Assurance with Coors Porcelain Company recognized by the industry for delivering high quality standards. In 1985, he served as President and CEO of Coors Ceramics Company where one of his greatest accomplishments was creating and sharing the company’s vision with his employees. He also turned the company into “retained earnings positive” in 1987 for the first time in 70 years. In 1993, all non-brewing assets were spun off, including Golden Aluminum Company, Graphic Packaging Corporation, and Coors Ceramic Company. In his final years before retirement, Joe served as Chairman and CEO of Coorstek, Inc., an industrial ceramics and semiconductor components company where he took the company public.
Before joining Coors Porcelain and Coorstek, Inc., Joe worked as a systems analyst for the San Diego City Schools, a computer programmer for Frontier Airlines in the late 1960s and as a stockbroker with Harris Upham & Co.
He earned his BS in Applied Mathematics from North Carolina State University. Joe and his wife Gail have been married more than 53 years and have four children and nine grandchildren. He enjoys traveling, boating, and golfing.
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Director of Operations
Susie Hayes has served for the past 12 years as the President of Crosswalk Fellowship, a non-profit organization that operates multiple ministry programs for men, women, children and families. In 2008, Game Day Memories was created and has since touched thousands of families over the years, creating life changing moments by facilitating experiences for families who could not otherwise afford tickets to attend a major sporting event. Susie currently serves as the Director of Operations, where she works closely with each sports team in the industry to purchase tickets and contacts non-profit organizations who will then distribute the tickets to special needs kids and their families.
Prior to Crosswalk Fellowship, she worked as a residential intake counselor for Shelterwood, a residential care facility for troubled teens. After serving in that role, she worked as an accountant for Doulos Ministries, Inc., a non-profit organization fostering growth and leadership to college aged men and women.
Susie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Arkansas. During her time in college she volunteered for organizations such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Arkansas Athletics in Action and Young Life. During college she worked as a counselor for Kanakuk Kamps, a Christian sports camp in Branson, Missouri. Sports have always played an important role in her life. In high school she ran cross country, played softball and basketball. She continued playing basketball in college for two years at Moorpark Community College.
Susie has lived in Denver, Colorado for 23 years with her husband Bruce and has three children Maddison, Drew and William.
Community Ambassador Nuggets 360: Nick Owens
Nicholas “Nick’s Picks” Owens is the inspiration and heart of Game Day Memories. The idea began when Bo Mitchell approached Nick and his father, Sherwood, to begin a program for children and adults challenged with mental and physical disabilities to be able to attend games they might not have been otherwise able to do. The program began as “Nick’s Picks,” honoring Nick and the role model he was and is around the Denver Nuggets organization. Nick and his family were humbled by the idea. The program blossomed to it’s current title of Game Day Memories involving many sporting events in Denver and other cities, but you can still see the title of “Nick’s Picks” at the Nuggets games.
Nick, who was born with Spina Bifida, began his relationship with the Denver Nuggets in 1990 as an ambassador for Children’s Hospital Colorado. At the time he received a check on behalf of the hospital and the relationship was formed. His first thrilling moment was meeting star player Dikembe Mutombo. They developed a special bond, which is alive today. At the age of 13 he was hired to work as a locker room attendant and in 2011 added to his resume the title of Community Ambassador for the Denver Nuggets. If you are at a Nuggets game you can see Nick whipping around the Pepsi Center in his power wheelchair. He also swings by the “Nick’s Pick” section to welcome his guests at the Nuggets game.
Mark has worked for Game Day Memories since 2008. As our Program Officer, Mark oversees the Denver programs including the Nuggets, Avalanche, Colorado Rapids and Colorado Rockies, making sure tickets are distributed to the families as well as coordinating the host couples. The hosts are asked to greet and assist the families while at the games. Mark has lived in Colorado for more than four decades with most of those years either spent in ski manufacturing or golf retail. “Going to a professional sporting event can be such an unforgettable experience for a family that has never had that chance before. To be part of a large audience, cheering and experiencing an atmosphere filled with energy is so special to these kids. It’s a blessing to help make that possible.” Mark has been married to his wife Pam for 18 years.
Jayne Conant holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Azusa Pacific University. It was there that she developed a passion to work in the non-profit sector as reflected by the mission trips and volunteer work she was engaged in while at school. After graduation, she worked as an intern with the Office of Economic Development in Hawaii where her research paper was published. After moving to Colorado, she served as a Project/Human Resource Coordinator throughout her tenure at Northern Telecom where she managed recruitment, training, and performance analysis. Jayne Conant’s training and experience at Northern Telecom helped propel her to the Director of Human Resources position at Shelterwood, a non-profit residential care facility for teens where she handled all functions of human resources including negotiating employee benefits, risk management, policy development, and compliance. Her desire to own a business came to fruition in which she is a co-owner and franchise partner of My Salon Suite. Accustomed to managing projects without compromising organizational integrity, Jayne provides accounting and program support at Crosswalk Fellowship and Game Day Memories.
Jayne resides in Littleton, CO with her husband, Shane and they have two teenagers, Maile and Kiana.
Game Day Memories is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; your contribution is tax deductible.
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