David Barth: Director and CEO of Run for Fun Camps
Coach Dave grew up in Los Altos, where he loved to play sports! He spent much of his free time playing basketball and tennis. Dave loved summer more then any other time of the year because he got to attend a variety of camps. It was during these years that Dave learned why camp is so important! He realized that you get to spend time with friends, play and spend time in a beautiful setting. Many of Dave’s camp friends are still close friends today.
Dave attended Boston University where he ran track & field, interned in the Boston University Athletics department and majored in International Relations. He was also a chair on the Student Athlete Advisory Council. Through years of giving back to the Boston Community, Dave was recognized with both the Scarlet Key award and the Student-Athlete Service award for his dedication to Boston University Athletics, Boston University, and the greater city of Boston.
Dave spent three years working as a counselor during high school at Decathlon Sports Club, worked as a tennis pro at Stanford Campus Recreation Association, coached with after school basketball programs, worked for ten years at the Boston YMCA’s Sandy Island Family Camp as a counselor, tennis pro, teen program director and program director, and has coached the Los Altos High School track & field team for the last 9 years.
Dave’s time as a camper, coach and counselor has set him up to be a great camp director. He loves playing games with kids and having the chance to connect with each camper on a one –on-one and group level.
Nikki Franklin: Director of After School Programs
Nikki moved the Bay Area from Tucson, Arizona. She studied education at the University of Arizona and proceeded to work as a 5th grade teacher for 7 years. Passionate about kids and sports, the move to work in the Bay Area with Run for Fun was a natural fit. She is excited to be a part of the Run for Fun team. In her free time, Nikki loves to play and watch basketball. She also enjoys the outdoors whether it be hiking or camping with her dog Bentley. Nikki is grateful for an amazing opportunity to work with a wonderful community of parents and kids here in the Bay Area.
Andrew Brown: Summer Camp Co-Director
Coach Andy hails from the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. Andy grew up going to a YMCA summer camp nestled on his hometown’s Owasco Lake, with the open air around him and many a game to play in the outdoors. Andy later started to focus on his love for any and all sports, which led him to attend Syracuse Basketball Camp for a couple summers. Many of Andy’s closest friendship came through camp and sports!
As time went on Coach Andy found himself back at his childhood camp, this time serving the youth as a Senior Cabin Counselor. After three summers, he was promoted to the Program Director of the camp, where he spent an additional three seasons before moving on to attend SUNY Cortland to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management. You could say that the camp bug had bitten him, and a career in the youth recreation arena was inevitable.
Coach Andy spent his time at SUNY Cortland gaining as much experience under the youth recreation umbrella as he could; working for organizations such as Elmcrest Children’s Services, YMCA, YWCA, Cortland Youth Bureau, even a summer working on the grounds of a golf club. He has since graduated, completed work for Syracuse University’s Recreation Services Department, and is FIRED UP to have re-entered the youth recreation realm and serve the bay area.
Brian Rinear: Director of After School Programs
Coach Brian is our newest director and has just recently moved into the bay area from Oregon. Originally from the Dundee area, Brian went to Oregon State University where he got his degree in Child Development. Brian spent most of his summers playing anything and everything outdoors, from camping to surfing, climbing mountains or playing basketball (which he played all the way through high school). Not a lot has changed since childhood for Coach Brian, he still loves getting out and being as active as he can! He is loving the weather here in the bay area and is excited that he will be able to go outside all year (it rains a lot in Oregon so it’s a big change for him)! When asked about how he likes to run his after-school programs his response was: “Be prepared to sweat a lot and laugh a lot more…or is it the other way around?”.