Kristina and Jay Davidson pass the torch of the FASB Fitness Festival after sponsoring the event for the past 13 years.Courtesy photo
Submitted by Jill Buck
It all began because two concerned parents wanted to ensure the health and well being not only of their children, but that of all the children and families of their community. Kristina Davidson conceived, and launched, the First American State Bank Fitness Festival with the full support of her husband Jay Davidson, founder, president and CEO of First American State Bank. For the past 13 years, Kristina Davidson has led Fitness Festival planning, and the bank has been title sponsor of the event.
The Fitness Festival has raised more than $1 million to support the health and wellness of students and families through the Community Asset Project, a nonprofit partner of the Cherry Creek School District. The work of CAP is based on the 40 developmental assets as defined by Search Institute, an organization created in 1958 that uses social science to understand the lives, beliefs and values of young people. They discovered that success for these young people directly correlated to a specific set of skills, experiences, relationships and behaviors, which they categorized and labeled as the 40 Developmental Assets. The more of these behaviors that were embraced by youth, the better the chances that they would grow into “happy, healthy, contributing members of society.” CAP works closely with the District’s Wellness Office to implement programs in the schools to promote these healthy behaviors.
This year marked First American State Bank’s last year as title sponsor of the event, which will continue under the guidance of the Cherry Creek School District and CAP. CAP works closely with the district to provide the healthy programs made possible by funding from the Fitness Festival.
On Nov. 11, Jay and Kristina Davidson attended the Cherry Creek Schools Parents’ Council meeting and presented a check for $150,000 to CAP President Holly Rutherford-Allen to help fund the continuation of the Festival.
“It has been very fulfilling to see the Fitness Festival grow over the past several years. I’m so grateful for all of the wonderful programs we’ve been able to help fund because of the event,” said Kristina Davidson. “Of course we will still be actively involved in the community, and support the continuation of the Fitness Festival, but it’s time for me to step away. I know the event will continue to grow and thrive under the care of the District and CAP.”
Though the Davidson’s direct role in the Fitness Festival may be ending, the story goes on; the Fitness Festival and the important work it helps to fund will continue.
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