Kulshan Brewing Company Helping Flashback to 80’s

The Barcelona Bound Ranger Team is once again in awe of the community support from local businesses including Kulshan Brewing Co. which recently hosted a Pint Night to benefit our team and will also be sponsoring our upcoming 80’s Dance Party! We had the chance to catch up with Kulshan’s very own Paige Godfrey to learn more about the brewery’s many community events. Read on, then click here for your tickets to party on!

How long has Kulshan been hosting community events?

  • Kulshan has been hosting community events since 2013! As soon as we opened our doors, we made it a priority to play an active role in our community, partnering with local business and non-profit organizations, really focusing on outdoor preservation and recreation. 

How many events does Kulshan host and/or sponsor a year?

  • We host 12 pint nights per year, and participate as sponsor for about 10 recreational teams in Bellingham. With the many non-profits in the area, we do our best to provide as much support throughout the year as possible in the form of beer, swag and volunteered time.

Why is it important for Kulshan to be so active in community?

  • Our community is what allows us to survive! Kulshan has grown a significant amount over the past five years, and we attribute that to the loyal support of the Whatcom County community. With schools, sports, groups that preserve nature and love for animals, we feel blessed to have the opportunity to give back to those who have nurtured us. 

What are some of the organizations that have benefited from your involvement, and do you know how much money is raised annually for local organizations through your sponsorship?

  • A few of the organizations that we work most closely with are Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition, and Bellingham Youth Paddlesports. These two groups specifically benefit from our Greenwood IPA, which is on tap at both locations. This tropical IPA was named after the late Jon Greenwood, co-founder of Kulshan, amazing father, husband and friend to many. In honor of Jon, a portion of all pint sales of this special brew go directly to WMBC and BYPS. 

Is there anything that you would like to add?

We’re grateful to have hosted the Barcelona Bound Kids, and hope that our contribution to the team provides everyone with an equal opportunity to participate and travel overseas!

80’s Dance Party (and it’s just for adults!)

What does an 80’s Dance Party have to do with a bunch of 13 year old soccer players? Normally, absolutely nothing. EXCEPT that said party will benefit the boys’ trip to Barcelona this summer!

So get ready to step back in time when big hair, muscle shirts, neon and break dancing ruled and join us for a night of awesomeness!

 

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Friday, June 30 from 6pm – 11pm.

To buy tickets in advance, go to:

OR Pay at the door.

Either way, we guarantee it’ll be super fun!

Player Profile: Meet Bjorn!

Name: Bjorn

Position: Defender

Favorite Soccer Team: Chelsea

Favorite Soccer Player: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Why do you play soccer? It’s fun and good exercise.

What does being a Ranger mean to you? Being part of a committed, hard working team.

What are you most excited about traveling to Barcelona? To experience playing soccer in Spain. To visit a new country and see Spain culture.

What are you most nervous about traveling to Barcelona? The food.

What makes you the soccer player that you are? My dad helped me and the good coaches I’ve had so far. Working my best.

Who has influenced you most in your sport or what inspires you to play soccer? My dad first introduced me to soccer and now I enjoy playing.

What pushes you to play harder? My mom.

What is one funny thing you would like to share about yourself or share something unique that not everyone may know about you? I play the violin.

Former Pro Player to Lead Training at May Soccer Clinic

We are so incredibly lucky to have Megan Manthey on board for this May’s soccer clinic. After a successful career playing professional soccer in Europe, Megan returned home to Whatcom County and opened Manthey Momentum Sports Performance Training LLC.  She brings her skills and knowledge through a program she designed called SAQ which stands for strength and conditioning, agility and quickness. She also offers private and group coaching and helps her athletes in other important areas like sports nutrition and hydration and goal-setting/mental conditioning.

The Whatcom Business Alliance did a great feature on Megan and Manthey Momentum. Click here for more information.

Registration for the May 21st Soccer Skills Clinic is open now for 6-10 yer olds. Please visit this page for more information and registration details.

 

Player Profile: Introducing Kylar

Name: Kylar

Position: Striker/Winger

Favorite Soccer Team: Arsenal

Favorite Soccer Player: Alex Sanchez

Favorite Quote:  

There will be no obstacles.
There will be no doubters.
There will be mistakes.
But with hard work, there are no limits.

Why do you play soccer?
I play soccer because I love the adrenaline rush and the competitive aspect of the game!

What does being a Ranger mean to you?
Being 1 of 4 of the newest players, being a Ranger means a lot to be able to play with these highly capable players!

What does being part of a team and this team mean to you?
The level we are at now is awesome and our team is very good. So, being part of this team makes me more confident in myself.

Why are you excited about traveling to Barcelona?
I am excited to just get to Barcelona!  I am also excited to be there with my best friends and teammates and get to do something that I love!

Are you nervous about traveling to Barcelona?
When we travel to Barcelona, I am most nervous about being a long distance from my parents.

What makes you the soccer player that you are?
Losing makes me the soccer player that I am.  Losing just makes me want to win more.  All I do with my mistakes is learn from them.

Who has influenced you the most in your sport?
My Step Mom Sharon has influenced me most in my sport.  She played semi-pro in Canada and made a team in the woman’s Premier League.

What pushes you to play harder?
Making mistakes, my family, losing and my team pushes me to play harder.

What pumps you up before a soccer game?
My team and sometimes music pumps me up before a game.

What is something about yourself that not everyone may not know about you?
I always put my left shin guard in first.

Get to Know Isaac

Name: Isaac

Position: Forward/Midfielder

Favorite Soccer Team: Arsenal

Favorite Soccer Player: Mesut Ozil

Favorite Quote: “Don’t call it a dream, call it a plan.”

Why do you play soccer? I play soccer because I LOVE the game.  I love both the mental and physical parts of the game.

What does being a Ranger mean to you? Being a Ranger means that I am committed to the team and contribute what I can to make the team be the best that they can be.  I am dedicated and committed to my team.

What does being part of a team and this team mean to you? It means that I am committed to being mentally and physically ready to train so that I can be the best that I can be. I want to encourage my teammates and work hard every time we play.

Why are you excited about traveling to Barcelona? I am excited to travel internationally and experience a different culture.  I am excited to play soccer in another part of the world with my teammates.

Are you nervous about traveling to Barcelona? I am most nervous about the long flight.

What makes you the soccer player that you are? My focus and determination to be the best player I can makes me the soccer player that I am. I love the game!

Who has influenced you the most in your sport? Professional soccer players have a set standard of what I desire to become. Also, my sister influences me because she works hard every day to be the best athlete she can be.

What pushes you to play harder? The desire to be better each time I play is what pushes me to play harder.  I can be better technically and mentally every time I play.

What pumps you up before a soccer game? Music pumps me up before a soccer game.

What is something unique that not everyone may know about you? One thing that people might not know about me is that I hate ketchup and mustard!

Player Profile: Meet Collin

Name: Collin

Position: Goal Keeper

Favorite Soccer Team: Real Madrid

Favorite Soccer Player: Clint Dempsey

Favorite Quote: If at first you don’t succeed, try again!

 Why do you play soccer?
I play soccer to enjoy myself, get together with others and have fun.

What does being a Ranger mean to you?
It means being polite and courteous to people outside of the club, and to have a good attitude.

What does being part of a team and this team mean to you?
Being part of a team means working together to accomplish more.

Why are you excited about traveling to Barcelona?
I am most excited being able to watch a live soccer game.

Are you nervous about traveling to Barcelona?
I am most nervous about losing my belongings and getting lost.

What makes you the soccer player that you are?
I started playing soccer when I was three years old and have continued to develop a passion for playing.

Who has influenced you the most in your sport?
My father has influenced me most in soccer.

What pushes you to play harder?
Knowing that the better I do the farther the team will go pushes me to play harder.

What pumps you up before a soccer game?
The motivation to win pumps me up before a soccer game.

What is something funny that not everyone may know about you?
Once I was fishing and stepped on some stones to get deeper into the lake and cast out farther.  I fell into the lake and as soon as I did, I hooked a bite and wound up reeling in an eight inch fish!

Player Profile: Get to Know Aidan

Name: Aidan

Position: Left Wing, Outside Back

Favorite Soccer Team: Manchester City

Favorite Soccer Player:  Antoine Griezmann

Favorite Quote: Don’t practice until you get it right, practice until you can’t get it wrong- Antione Griezmann

Why do you play soccer?
I play because it is something I enjoy and it allows me to experience new opportunities.

What does being a Ranger mean to you?
Being a Ranger puts a role of responsibility on me to represent the club.

Why are you most excited about traveling to Barcelona?
I am excited to experience the culture of a new place.

Are you nervous about traveling to Barcelona?
I am nervous about playing other teams and trying to get results.

Who has influenced you the most in your sport?
My dad played soccer when he was a kid and encouraged me to play as well.

What pumps you up before a soccer game?
Music

What is something unique that not everyone may know about you?
I can solve a Rubik’s cube in under 20 seconds.

Player Profile: Meet Carter

Name: Carter

Position: Holding Mid or Center Back

Favorite Soccer Team: Sounders or Barcelona

Favorite Soccer Player: Osvaldo Alonso

Favorite Quote: I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career.  I’ve lost almost 300 games.  26 times I have been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.  I’ve failed over and over again in life and that is why I succeeded. – Michael Jordan

Why do you play soccer?
I play soccer because it brings me so much joy.  It is an amazing sport.  When I play I feel free and have fun.

What does being a Ranger mean to you?
It means I am representing a great soccer community and one great big team.  It gives me a sense of pride to know my hard work has earned me a place beside so many great soccer players.

What does being part of a team and this team mean to you?
It means that I am able to work with my teammates, to represent our community and soccer club. I am excited to be on this team because I get to share a once in a lifetime experience with friends and have fun.

Why are you excited about traveling to Barcelona?
I am very excited to play teams from Barcelona so I can see the differences and similarities between our players and the Barcelona players. I am also very excited to see an FC Barcelona game.  I think it will be a great experience!

Are you nervous about traveling to Barcelona?
I am nervous about being in a different culture.

What makes you the soccer player that you are?
I use my physical and mental strength to play hard and aggressively.  I am tenacious and dedicated.  I love this game!

Who has influenced you the most in your sport?
My mom has influenced me the most in soccer.  She is so supportive and super amazing!

What pushes you to play harder?
When I make a mistake I will push to make sure I don’t make another mistake.  That makes me try harder and play harder.

What pumps you up before a soccer game?
MUSIC!

What is something unique that not everyone may know about you?
Until 5th grade I lived on Sumas Mountain and we had lots of farm animals.

Boundary Bay Brewery Community Support Runs Deep

It is safe to say that one of the reasons people love to live here is the amazing amount of community support offered by area businesses. Boundary Bay Brewery is no exception! The team is super excited about the upcoming party and fundraiser we’re holding there on Friday, March 24th – open to anyone who likes good music, good food (and beer of course) and a fun crowd. And we couldn’t have done it without the brewery’s support. Here are just a few tidbits about Boundary Bay Brewery’s history of community giving.

How long has Boundary Bay been open?
Since September 16th, 1995.

When did Boundary Bay start offering to host community events in support of local groups and what spurred the decision?
Having Boundary be a part of the community and support local organizations was a part of Ed’s business plan from the very beginning! The first fundraiser was in 1996, shortly after opening, and was a benefit for Amnesty International.

How many community events has Boundary Bay hosted overall?
That’s a tough one! With 20 years of community events, it’s tough to try and count them all. The numbers have grown every year, and in 2016 we hosted 345 events on our property. That is everything from music shows to non-profit fundraisers and community meetings.

What has Boundary Bay’s financial contribution to the community been through hosting events?
Again, this is a tough one to answer. A large piece of our support is offering a free and accessible venue to organizations. In a time of economic uncertainty and decreased government funding, having access to a free venue helps lend a safe haven to build from. Whether it be awareness or fundraising, countless organizations have been offered a space to build their non-profit.

How much do you estimate Boundary Bay community events has helped raised in support of participating organizations over the years?
With such a large amount of organizations using our space, we don’t really receive a lot of information from the organizers regarding how much they were able to raise. However, we do have one example of an incredible event that continues to grow ever year: April Brews Day, a fundraiser for Max Higbee Center. 16 years ago, Boundary Bay Brewery worked directly with the center to develop this beer festival, and has continued to support them through staff support, venue access and so much more. Now, 16 years later, their event raises over $90,000 for their agency.


Janet & Ed, Boundary Bay Brewery Owners

 

So come one, come all to the Barcelona Bound at Boundary Bay Brewery Bash! You’ll not only be supporting our team, you’ll also be giving back to a business that has provided so much to so many over the years.