New to Beehive? Thinking of signing up for your first league? Read our First Timer’s Guide to Beehive. But first, read this page!
Hi there, I’m Dave and I was raised right here in Salt Lake City. At 18, I moved to Richmond, Virginia to get an education and “become a man.” Mission accomplished, I think. Anyway, after college, I found myself doing the “corporate thing,” working for the man. I kind of hated it.
But, I loved playing kickball with my friends after work. River City Sport and Social Club was the setting for the most fun, embarrassing, and empowering moments of my young adult life. Alas, it didn’t last forever.
Discovering my (ex)wife’s infidelity motivated me to move back to Salt Lake City, and explore a new career–organizing the first adult sport and social club in Utah. As I drove every possession I had across the country I spent every tearless minute calling friends, asking if they’d play in a summer kickball league. When I ran out of friends I called random 801 numbers. That was a bit awkward although it did lead to a few new friends!
Nearly 1,000 phone calls later, I rolled into the Salt Lake valley with 75 interested kickballers. Two great friends, Ben and Jimmy, helped me figure out the rest. On July 8th, 2011 Jimmy and I set up the fields for our first week of kickball and waited. And waited. The games were set to start at 6:15pm. At 6:05 there wasn’t one person there. We exchanged concerned glances as the seconds ticked onward.
And then, like an Oregon Trail wagon train the cars started piling into the parking lot. Coolers and laughter spilled onto the fields. Tears streaming down our faces we greeted everyone with toothy smiles, the dream was alive.
After those first games, at the bar, as we argued about sports we agreed on one thing. If we treated every member of Beehive Sports with respect and we prioritized making new friends over the final score, we’d be successful. We were mostly wrong about our sports predictions. We were right about that one.
Six years later, we are humbled to be continually entrusted by over 5,000 adults in Utah to organize social sports leagues. We wear the increase in signups each season as a badge of pride. Beehive started as a comfortable place to make new friends, that remains our calling to this day.
My journey with Beehive has led me to the best friends anybody could hope for. I hope you’ll come join us next season to see if the same thing happens to you.
Each year I write an annual letter to the community, you can read it here.
Each year, the commissioner (Mitch) writes a holiday letter, here’s that.
If you’re more into watching than reading, here’s a corny little video we made.
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