Todd Peek recieves 2011 Friend of Recreation Award

By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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When Todd Peek looks back on his childhood, he remembers that his father never missed a single one of his football, basketball or baseball games. That sometimes meant driving as far as four hours one way. Now, Peek of Auburn, who owns Peek Communication, hopes his four children, Megan, Jacob, Alex and Andrew, will be able to say the same about him. Rather than just attend as a spectator though, Peek has taken on a behind the scenes roles in his childrens’ sports organizations. His dedication to youth sports in Auburn has earned him the honor of the Friend of Auburn Recreation District Award to be presented at the State of the Community Dinner April 15. “The ARD Friend of Recreation Award is for someone who has made a significant contribution to parks and active recreation in Auburn in the last five years,” said recreation district administrator Kahl Muscott. Peek is president of both the Placer High Football Booster Club and the Placer Junior Hillmen. Auburn Recreation District board member Jim Gray has witnessed Peek’s generosity with his time and money, year after year. His generosity also extends beyond his own family. “He is a businessman and a family man first. He just steps up to the plate whenever he is needed,” Gray said. “There are many times when a family just didn’t have money for a kid to play a sport. Numerous times Todd stepped up and provided that money. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen him do that for families in Auburn.” Gray also remembers seeing Peek coach one little league game and umpire another couple of hours in the same afternoon. “He is always giving,” Gray said. “He helps the high school tremendously. He has helped the ARD improve its facilities.” The football booster club has started providing more and more every year, according to Peek. They feed the team before every game, support them and provide equipment. Peek said his aptitude for business has helped him make an easy transition when it comes to chairing organizations. “I’m a businessperson, so it was just sort of a natural fit. You run an organization like a business,” Peek said. “The best parts are when the kids are successful. They may never know it, but the tools help provide some of that. Peek’s oldest son Jacob will play for the varsity football team next season. Being a part of boosters enables Peek to stay involved in his athletic experience. “When you are involved it’s hard to sit back,” Peek said. “I know the kids (Jacob) is hanging out with. It’s still a small town.” Peek is also dedicated to his daughter Megan’s involvement in competitive cheerleading. “I am a cheer dad for Power Cheer,” Peek chuckled. “I have been in Vegas and Palm Springs to watch their competitions.” Peek said that when it comes down to it he is pretty simple guy. In what spare time he does have he enjoys working on his Kubota tractor, welding or dirtbiking with his family. Peek is the third recipient of the Friend of Recreation Award. “When they told me I won I said, ‘Well, you must have run out of people,’” Peek joked. “We have been fortunate. It’s important to give back. I hope someday my kids can say ‘He never missed a game.’” Reach Sara Seyydin at ______________________________________________________ Five things you didn’t know about Todd Peek: 1. He enjoys working on his Kubota tractor. 2. He is a “cheer dad” for Power Cheer. He has gone to watch his daughter at competitions in Palm Springs and Las Vegas. 3. He enjoys welding. 4. He has owned Peek Communication, a wireless communication company, for 20 years. 5. He was a tri-sport athlete in high school. He played football, basketball and baseball. ______________________________________________________ When: 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 15 Where: Sierra Building at the Gold Country Fairgrounds Cost: $37.50 Reservations: Call the Auburn Chamber of Commerce at (530) 885-5616, ext. 223 The Journal is running a series of profiles on the State of the Community winners daily through April 15. To read all the stories in this series, visit AuburnJournal