The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado celebrates GRIT Athletics. GRIT Athletics is a non-profit that has wrestling and running clubs for youth. GRIT was founded by Bill & Bernadette Greenwood in memory of their son Nicholas who was killed in an accident in 2008.
Fort Collins, CO – On February 1, 2011, the Character In Action Recognition was presented to Bill and Bernadette Greenwood for demonstrating the Character trait of LOYALTY: “Using difficult times to demonstrate my commitment to those I serve.”
GRIT Wrestling (GRIT stands for Grace, Righteousness, Intensity, and Toughness), a program providing character education and wrestling skill training five nights a week, was started by Bill and Bernadette Greenwood in memory and honor of their son, Nicholas Greenwood who died in an unfortunate accident on May 22, 2008 at the age of six. Bill Greenwood also serves the citizens of Fort Collins as a firefighter for the Poudre Fire Authority.
Their commitment to Loyalty is expressed in serving each other and their family of four children during a difficult grieving process, in serving the citizens of Fort Collins through Bill’s profession as a firefighter, and as the founders of GRIT Wrestling.
We thank Bill, Bernadette, the coaches and participants of GRIT Wrestling for their demonstration of Character In Action and for making a lasting contribution to the Community of Character Initiative.
Character in Action Recognition acknowledges those individuals or groups of citizens in our community who have demonstrated outstanding character as it relates to an event or series of events which have positively impacted Fort Collins. Since 2009, the recognition serves as a subtle reminder of the impact that character , big and small, can have on a community.
For more information please visit: http://www.characterfortcollins.org
As soon as you leave Woods Landing, you climb for nine mile on HWY 230 towards Walden (~40 miles away). With a trekking pole in hand and fresh water on my back I set off up the hill. Two hours into the morning a familiar white suburban pulled up. Bill, Jacob, and Job all jumped out with smiling faces. I knew that this portion of the run would be an experience that I will never forget. As we headed across the Colorado Wyoming border, Bill expressed their gratitude towards me and our efforts to raise money for both GRIT and RamStrong. I tried to communicate my appreciation for their friendship and for the inspiration that the family had provided me, not only in this run, but in life. We talked about Nicholas and how he continues to touch our lives in his physical absence. Nicholas has brought the Hampton and the Greenwood family closer together. It was at this time that I realize that running 200 miles was very insignificant in life. It is the love of family and friends that provides happiness and inspiration. People ask “where do you get your inspiration?” I get my inspiration from a six year old boy that is smiling down on us because even in his physical absence he is still bring us together. By: Dustin Hampton
(Read all of Dustin’s Experience at http://gritramstrong.blogspot.com/)