Luke Rodgers says the north state is gaining a reputation across the country as a place that breeds young athletic talent. Luke is an avid basketball player, and both his brothers play in the NFL. Jordan Rodgers is headed to Jacksonville to play with the Jaguars, and his brother Aaron Rodgers plays for the Green Bay Packers. He says, "The north state is getting more notoriety now that athletes like Nelson Fishback going to Western Kentucky, we want to showcase our training." He says he and his family saw a need for a youth training program in Chico. Says Rodgers, "There was an obvious area of need, at least that we saw, here in the north state, to start a training program. We wish we'd had this when we were young athletes."
Luke, local trainers, coaches, and business owners are kicking off Ignite Chico. It's designed to give kids aged 8 - 18 a place where they can train safely, learn skills needed to grow, and receive mentoring and leadership training.
The Chico Police Officer's Association is sponsoring several kids for the first few months of the program. They say too often, they're dealing with young people in trouble. They hope Chico Ignite can help kids on a wayward path find a new direction. And Luke is excited about getting to know the young people. He says, "I'll be here. I'll be here all summer, hanging out with the kids. I'm excited."
To apply for a scholarship through Chico Ignite, head to www.ignitechico.com