Built Ford Tough Good Works Program came to Salina during the BMX races at the Blackhawk Arena to film a video about the good works being done in our area for children of all ages. A lot of work goes into making these races happen. If you haven’t been out to watch them, you should. The kids love to race their bikes and the crowd loves to watch. Click on this link or the picture to watch the video. And then head to the Blackhawk to watch some BMX races!
Redhills Bmx and Rodger and Michelle Cooper Brazell were nominated for The Good Works Award by PBR and Ford Trucks. This is their episode highlighting their program, hard work, selflessness and dedication to providing positive opportunities and experiences for our entire community. Congrats guys! (Quote From: Tanya Harward)
Photo Credits: Kreig Rasmussen
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BMX in Salina Gains National Attention From Ford Motor Company.
SALINA — It takes approximately 60 hours of work and burns an entire weekend to host a BMX race at the Blackhawk Arena.
For Rodger and Michelle Brazell, the effort is something they have undertaken five times this winter in order to bring indoor BMX racing to Sevier County.
Thanks to their years of dedication to BMX, the couple has been nominated for the Built Ford Tough Good Works sweepstakes, which is part of the Ford Motor Company’s title sponsorship of the Professional Bull Riders series.
A crew visited the Blackhawk Arena Sunday to learn about the Brazell’s story and why they spend so much time putting on races. The crew filmed the story, which is to be posted online sometime later this year.
This season, RedHills BMX’s indoor races had a five-weekend schedule that started in December 2014 and ends Sunday, April 12.
“The success of BMX in central Utah is due to the hard work of Rodger and Michelle Brazell,” said Brian Nielson, Sanpete County’s sheriff. Nielson is following the Brazell’s lead and helps run an outdoor BMX track in Gunnison.
“It’s like a big family,” Nielson said. He said the Brazells help him prepare the Gunnison track for races, and he tries to return the favor.
Nielson said once his son needed some racing advice, and called Rodger to get it.
Ruston Peterson, another BMX parent, said the community atmosphere is one of the many things he enjoys about BMX racing. People help each other out by sharing bike parts and labor to make sure youths have the ability to participate when the start gate falls.
BMX competition is primarily on three levels — novice, intermediate and expert. Riders’ placement in the divisions is determined by their age and number of wins, Peterson said.
“There’s also a professional category,” Peterson said. He said there is a lot of talent for BMX in Sevier County.
“Utah is a big hub for BMX,” Peterson said. He said racers can get into the sport with a $150 bike, but as they progress they may invest thousands of dollars on their bikes.
“It’s great, all these kids are awesome kids,” Rodger Brazell said. He said through BMX, he personally knows almost every rider who hits the track.
Brazell said while the indoor season is wrapping up, the outdoor season is getting ready to begin. RedHills BMX has a track on a portion of the Sevier County Fairgrounds where the outdoor slate of races is hosted.
“Our season is 50 weeks long,” Rodger Brazell said. “You can find a race in Utah somewhere almost every single day.”
Racers range in age from 2 to 71, Brazell said. While he and Michelle are committed to putting the races on for the youths, Rodger also suits up to take a turn on the track competing in the 36- to 40-year-old cruiser class.
“You can’t do all this work and not enjoy it,” Rodger said. He said if not for the many volunteers who help with the races and track preparation, the BMX events wouldn’t happen.
As soon as the last race was run Sunday afternoon, volunteers flattened out the dirt to get the arena ready for equestrian events Sunday evening.
Michelle said it’s exciting for RedHills BMX to be nominated for the good works sweepstakes. She said depending on the week, up to 400 people participate in the races. Of those, approximately 60 are local riders.
“It’s worth it for the kids,” Michelle said. “It gives them something to do.”
She said RedHills BMX is one of the top 14 charity efforts to be nominated in the national contest.
The nomination could ultimately result in a new Ford pickup as well as a $25,000 donation to RedHills BMX.
For more information, contact Michelle at (435) 201-9528, Rodger at (435) 201-9116, or log onto facebook.com/redhillsbmx.
Tommy Burr grew up in Salina Utah. He is the son of Jim and Ann Burr of Salina. He went to North Sevier High School. Everyone in town new Tommy. He had an ambition to succeed and from watching him as of late he is doing exactly that. After graduating from North Sevier High School, Tommy attended and graduated from SUU with a Bachelor’s Degree in communications, journalism and public relations. He was then hired by the Salt Lake Tribune. Tommy now lives and works in Washington DC as a the Salt Lake Tribune Washington correspondent.
Tommy has also co-authored the book, Mia Love: The Rise, Stumble and Resurgence of the Next GOP Star. Currently he is serving as the Vice President of the National Press Club.
You can read his Air Force One Bucket List story here: http://www.sltrib.com/news/2361029-155/the-only-way-to-fly
And catch this video from KUTV about Tommy’s most recent success stories:
It’s official! The pressurized irrigation lines are loaded and running as of today. Be sure to maintain your sprinklers and pipe lines through the year. Now is a good time to check for leaks, and clean or replace any filters.
T Ball and Coach Pitch Baseball
Registration: March 16th – April 10th
Where: NSCC (373 West 400 North) or online at Salinacity.org
When: 5 AM – 9 PM
Girls 3rd – 4th Grade $40 (Includes Uniform Top and Hat)
Girls 5th – 6th Grade $40 (Includes Uniform Top and Hat)
Girls 7th – 8th Grade $40 (Includes Uniform Top and Hat)
Draft Night/ Player Placement will be Thursday April 16th with practices beginning the week of the 20th. Games will begin with Richfield the week of May 11th.
T Ball (5-6 YR Olds) $30 Includes Uniform top and hat.
Coach Pitch (7-8 YR Olds) If not playing 8 YR Olds Baseball $30 Includes Uniform top and hat.
If you have any questions, please call
Brady Edwards (Director)
North Sevier Recreation
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