Director of Outreach
Curtis Gardner oversees all of Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer’s outreach programs. Between Soccer for Success and Zarlengo, over 3,000 children participate in CRYSC’s outreach programs each season.
The Rapids Youth Club have all the pieces in place to be a truly special soccer club, combining one of the best Technical programs around with an innovative Outreach approach. The future is bright, the staff is passionate and hardworking, and we also have Jermaine Jones and Tim Howard #oneclub.
Curtis Gardner is originally from North Carolina and spent most of his childhood playing either soccer, basketball or baseball. After graduating from college, he travelled and worked abroad, most recently spending 5 years in Lesotho, southern Africa where he helped build a sport-based youth development organization into a leading soccer academy in the region. Like most of us, he believes in the power of sport to change lives, and is happy to play a part in the exciting field of sport-for-development. He is particularly interested in social enterprise models that use sport to generate revenue and provide employment opportunities for youth participants, and is also complemented by strong community partnerships and a defined family engagement methodology. In his spare time you can find him kicking around at the Bladium, eating a burrito, swimming in a pool or hanging out with his German Shepherd Dog at a nearby park.
303.399.5858 ext. 301