Press Release 2019: Dylan Meier, Get Busy Livin’ Foundation Announcements

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Get Busy Livin’ announces its 9th Annual 5K Run, Friendship Walk and Kids Fest to begin at 8:30 am on May 11, 2019 at Hutchinson Field, Pittsburg, Kansas. Details for runner sign ups can be found at our website www.getbusylivin.org

Each year we select a slogan to reflect upon throughout the year.  This year’s quote is “may you stay forever young” a song written by Bob Dylan as a tribute to his son; and it exemplified our commitment to family and loved ones.  Please read this lyrical gem at our web page.

Additionally, what a great honor it is to introduce this year’s honorary starter Merle Clark. Coach Clark had a 12 year head coaching career leading PHS during Dylan’s football experience when they were back to back state champ runners up. Coach Clark was born and raised in the PHS and Pitt State traditions and was a great mentor to Dylan. Please read more about Merle at our web page and come out to help him count down the start to our 5k race.

The GBL also proudly announces its continued funding of grants relating to Youth Volunteerism. The following 9 grant recipients will receive matching funds to complete the following activities.

  • “Wildcat Volunteer Leadership Day” sponsored by the Wildcat Extension District will provide a unique opportunity for SEK youth to receive hands on experience and learn how to organize and lead local volunteer efforts.

  • “SEK Track and Field Day” sponsored by the Special Olympics of Kansas will support local volunteers and athletes at their annual event at PSU.

  • “Kids Care Sewing Camp” sponsored by KSU Extension Office will teach basic sewing skills to local youth with participants creating cage comforters for the humane society.

  • “Book Box Program” sponsored by the Northeast 8th Grade will build and maintain a book exchange box in Arma.

  • “Kids Night Out and Family Night at the Pool” sponsored by Fostering Connections will provide two community events for foster and adoptive children and families to enjoy this summer.

  • “Erie High School SEK Special Olympics” sponsored by the Erie High School Leadership group will assist with their local Special Olympics track and field event.

  • “Cystic Fibrosis Penny War Collection” sponsored by the Northeast 4th Grade will be a fund raising event to support the various cystic fibrosis causes.

  • “Junior Humane Society Animal Enrichment Activities” sponsored by the SEK Humane Society will support a youth instructive program to teach children how to properly care for our loved cat and dog pets.

  • “Trash Pickup at the Fair” sponsored by Boy Scouts from Labette County.  The scouts will pick up trash and recyclables at the fair each night.

Additionally, the GBL wishes to announce our annual scholarship winners.  This year’s 9 winners were selected from numerous applications submitted by well qualified students from our Crawford County High Schools. Each individual represents having a unique value of personal motivation with “no self-limitations”.  They illustrate strong academic achievements, extracurricular participation, giving to others, leading by example and are role models among their peers.

This year’s winners are:

Amanda Becker, Southeast High School

Tejay Cleland, Northeast High School

Kreed Curran, Girard High School

Caroline McKnight, Frontenac High School

Madison Nagel, Pittsburg High School

Morgan Noe, Pittsburg High School

Katelyn Radell, St. Mary’s Colgan

Rachel Ruiz, Pittsburg High School

Cecelia Stockard, St. Mary’s Colgan

Several of these individuals will also serve as our GBL representatives to a high school volunteer abroad program. Our students will travel abroad this summer with other high schooler’s completing volunteer tasks in Santa Cruz, Costa Rica.  

Finally, our two football related scholarship awards go to captain and defensive back Joel Kafka, as the recipient of the Pittsburg High School Purple Dragon’s Senior Award; and to the Kpreps Dylan Meier Get Busy Livin’, Kansas Player of the Year award recipient, defensive lineman Jace Frieson from Basehor Linwood High School. (See www.kpreps.com site for further information about Jace).

The GBL gratefully thanks all our Friends and Sponsors who have generously contributed to our Programs and Foundation activities.  


Hope to see you at our 5K event.