A Message from Zane
I write this statement with great joy, excitement and some sadness. After nine years as a professional football player, I have decided it is time to move on to the next chapter of life. My wife and I have newborn twins, and we couldn’t feel more fortunate to have brought two little souls into this world.
Retiring from football will give me the opportunity to be by my wife’s side and begin fatherhood with my full attention.
While contemplating this decision, it has become clear to me that I cannot be the father and husband I want to be, apply myself fully to a career transition, and be the leader Zane Beadles Parade Foundation (ZBPF) deserves.
After extensive deliberation and exploration, ZBPF’s Board of Directors and I have decided the best course of action is to dissolve ZBPF. We are proud of the impact our organization has made on the lives of those we serve, and we will do everything we can to support the continuation of programs we’ve developed within other organizations.
We would like to thank everyone who has supported ZBPF for the last five and a half years. These individuals have allowed us to support the journey of young people and their families battling life-threatening illnesses.
Since August 2013, ZBPF has brought a sense of normalcy to more than 6,000 families by providing them with opportunities to make good memories during hard times, and allowing kids to just be kids, even during extensive months of long treatments.
ZBPF has donated its remaining funds to Brent’s Place in Denver and the Ronald McDonald House in Salt Lake City. The donation to Brent’s Place fulfills our commitment to build the sports court at their facility, which will continue to provide hours of fun for kids undergoing months of extensive treatment. The Ronald McDonald House donation will help provide families in the Rocky Mountain Region with the support they need to be near and care for their children while undergoing treatment in Salt Lake City.
ZBPF’s final effort in supporting our kids is to continue distributing more than 1,000 elephant-shaped snuggle pads upon a child’s admission into Rocky Mountain Children’s Hospital.
In closing, I would like to thank ZBPF’s Board of Directors for their years of gracious support. I would like to thank every volunteer and participant who made our Parade Partners Card fundraiser possible the last three years. I would like to thank our golf committee and volunteers in Salt Lake City who made our Golf Classic Tournament the most well run and enjoyable experience for more than 130 players the past four years.
I would like to thank the members of our Junior Board of Directors and hope they continue their journey of giving back to their communities. I would like to thank Julie Gart, ZBPF’s Executive Director, for more than five years of tireless dedication that grew ZBPF into an organization that helped so many.
I would like to thank my family for teaching me the importance of giving back to the community in appreciation of the opportunities bestowed upon me and then supporting me in those endeavors. I would like to thank my wife for her unending love and support and helping to make me a better man each day.
Last, but not least, I would like to thank every family that was touched in some way by ZBPF. They don’t know this, but being a witness to their joy and courage through hard times was the best reward I could have asked for.
Sincerely and with gratitude,
Founder, Zane Beadles Parade Foundation