Active4Youth Founder Mike Bresson

Active4Youth founder Mike Bresson

Mike Bresson is a transplant to Spokane, moving here to attend law school at Gonzaga University. A former collegiate soccer player, Mike turned to running in his early 30s and favors half marathons and marathons. In the fall of 2009, at the age of 38, Mike ran his personal best at the Twin Cities Marathon with a time of 2:22.

The biggest joys in Mike's life are his wife, Heidi, their son Brookes and Rory. continues to run (although not so competitively) and is an elder law attorney with his own firm, Bresson Law Offices. Heidi, a Fitness and Health teacher and 3:16 marathoner, was a major factor in the creation of Active4Youth and is the program coordinator.

When asked, why after-school sports, Mike quickly replied:

Spokane has a large population of children who can't afford to participate in organized sports. These are children that would benefit from the exposure to awesome role models while learning how to live a healthy and active lifestyle. Moreover, I wouldn't be where I am without sports. Sports provided me with so many intangible qualities, such as self-confidence, a sense of belongingness, teamwork, sportsmanship, and discipline, all while giving me an outlet for my hyper-activity. I don't care if a child competes recreationally or at the highest level, I just want to give that child the opportunity to experience the joy from sports I did.

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