Kyle Croft: Spirit of Gainesville nominee
Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 7:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 7:22 p.m.
I am writing to nominate Kyle Croft’s for Spirit of Gainesville Youth Category. I have had the privilege of knowing and working with Kyle since the fall of 2005 when he became active in WalkAmerica while in middle school and then a Chain Reaction member in high school.
About Kyle Croft
Occupation: March of Dime Community Director
Years in Gainesville: 22
Being a member of Chain Reaction requires a very high standard of commitment, self-discipline, time management and energy. During his two years as an active member of Chain Reaction, Kyle was an outstanding member. Kyle participated in virtually every project and activity sponsored by Chain Reaction. Kyle, was highly involved in March for Babies during both years as a Chain Reaction member. During his second year, he chaired the Chain Reaction March for Babies campaign. With his leadership, Chain Reaction raised over $71,000…the most Chain Reaction has ever raised.
Kyle demonstrated his leadership abilities as a Chain Reaction member. So it made perfect sense that when he entered the University of Florida, he would become active as a UF MOD Collegiate Council member and a Gators March for Babies Director. As a freshman, Kyle served as the director of public relations…updating the web site and expanding the awareness of Gators March for Babies throughout the UF community. The next year, he served as overall Logistics Director, managing 12 GMFB logistics directors and then Gators March for Babies Overall Director in 2011. Gators March for Babies has continued to grow and strengthen as a premier University of Florida event through Kyle’s leadership.
It is obvious that Kyle has a passion for the March of Dimes mission as well as a passion to recruit additional young professionals to March of Dimes volunteerism. His passion is contagious. He is creative, energetic and engaging. In his sophomore year, As a junior at UF, Kyle became a member of the March of Dimes National Youth Council. He was one of 18 representing youth nationwide and working to promote youth volunteer engagement with the March of Dimes to help the babies who cannot speak for themselves and to promote health lifestyles as it would affect future families.
Kyle has an incredible skill of time management and no matter how busy he is, he always has time to take on more or support the efforts of his Collegiate Council peers. Kyle is sensitive to the needs and feelings or others and goes out of his way to involve and support everyone in group activities. He takes little recognition for his part in any success, but is quick to acknowledge others for their accomplishments or roles in a successful project.
Kyle sees what needs to be done, and without being asked, he volunteers to help others; he picks up the slack on things yet to be done; and he doesn’t quit until the job is finished. More than any other youth in our program, it was always Kyle that we knew would be working until the last cleanup was done and the last person was ready to go home.
Kyle was perfectly qualified to be nominated as a National Youth Council member his freshman year at UF. However, he was committed to focusing his efforts to making Gators March for Babies more successful and chose not to apply. After three years as a collegiate director, Kyle was ready for a greater challenge and saw the bigger picture of how he could be a major player in expanding youth and young professional involvement with the March of Dimes. Kyle was ready for a wider scope of involvement and was ready for the challenge of being a NYC member.
Kyle Croft is an exceptional young man. He possesses high moral values; he is dependable, honest and trustworthy; he has a strong sense of integrity and an admirable strength of character. Kyle is an excellent student leader. Although he expects little in return, he goes out of his way to excel in whatever he does.
As a UF Senior this spring, Kyle served as an intern for the March of Dimes. In February when I had to take family medical leave to care for a son with melanoma cancer, Kyle stepped up to the challenge of going beyond his role as an intern and taking over many of my normal roles in executing March of Babies. Between me in Houston on the phone with Kyle in Gainesville, we got through March for Babies even in the rain….a rain that has never been in 24 years or more. In May Kyle became a full-time paid community director for the Alachua County March of Dimes, a position he was more than well qualified for.
For close to 10 years the mission of the March of Dimes has been a guiding star for Kyle. He has worked tirelessly and inspired thousands of youth to our mission as he has lead March of Dimes efforts in middle school, high school and college and has now made a career of his dedication. The North Central Florida March of Dimes prides itself for our commitment to volunteer youth development. Kyle Croft stands out as one of our finest volunteer youth leaders.
Nominated by Betsy Trent