Skyler Kolbe



KOLBE ORGANIZES SCORING POINTS FOR KIDS

The message Lonnie Allgood delivered resonated with Skyler Kolbe. So much, in fact, it moved the Robbinsville High School senior to charitable action.

Skylar KolbeKolbe heard Allgood, the CEO of Dreams for Kids, speak back in June while attending the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. Allgood oversees the non-profit that advocates to promote self-esteem and mutual respect amongst children with the intent of developing model citizens moving forward.

The core values struck a nerve within Kolbe.

"When I met Lonnie, I thought a lot of the things he said were points students needed to hear,” Kolbe said. “They would improve the environment around the school and the community. It was nice to hear I could be a leader and I could create change in my community. Maybe I can’t fix problems but I can still find a way to show support. By doing this event, I can show them that we are here for each other.”

Kolbe, a member of the National Honor Society, took the initiative to organize Scoring Points for Kids. The event is scheduled for Friday, November 15 at Robbinsville High School and will feature current and former professional football players competing against faculty, students and others in a basketball fundraiser. The proceeds will be split between a Dreams for Kids scholarship fund for drug-and-alcohol free athletes, and Attitudes in Reverse, an organization that responds in the aftermath of crisis with counselors and therapy dogs.
RHS court

Along with invaluable guidance from Adam Tatgenhorst and Jennifer Orlowsky, Language Arts teachers as well as the advisors for the National Honor Society at RHS, Kolbe has put together a busy evening that will include a number of wellness vendors along with food, raffles, a silent auction, tricky trays and an NFL store.

“I was actually like that in high school,” Tatgenhorst said, noting the common thread of a proactive nature with Kolbe. “So, I see a lot of myself in her, which is a cool feeling. She didn’t know the amount of work it would entail, but she didn’t give up. She has been determined to get everything accomplished.”

“Skyler reached out to us very early in the process,” added Orlowsky. “She really wanted the National Honor Society to help her build and promote the event. We said absolutely because it’s for such a good cause. The fact she is doing this shows so much leadership from a young person to take on something like this, which is so huge.”

Confirmation that the point Allgood emphasized during that appearance in June found a pair of attentive ears in Kolbe.

Advance tickets are $10 for general admission ($15 at the door) with VIP tickets, which include a Meet and Greet with the players, $35 in pre-sale and $40 at the door.

“It feels really good to know the event is going to work out,” said Kolbe. “I was definitely very worried about that, especially at the beginning when we hadn’t started selling tickets yet and we were concerned about the logistics. It’s very relieving to see tickets selling and people excited about the event.

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