Monday, November 14, 2011

CordaRoys beanbag video

I am proud to announce my debut as an actor/spokesman in this web commercial.  My wife contacted Byron the owner of Cordaroys asking if he would want to work together.  After learning about me he said that when people ask him what is inside the beanbags he tells them its the same thing as a pole vaulter lands on.  So we worked with the local dealer Sean, who has a display in University Park Mall in Mishawaka, brought the beanbag to Notre Dame and shot this awesome video haha.  It took me about 12 takes to shoot the talking part and probably 15 jumps to actually make the bar and land on the beanbag.  It took us a while but it was worth it and so much fun. I hope I get to do something like this again. Enjoy!

Always Pursuing -Mark-

Friday, November 11, 2011

11/11/11 Family Fun Night and Fundraiser

Hey guys I wanted to jump on here quick and make sure everyone knew about the fundraiser thats going on tonight at the High Dive Park Pavillion in Elkhart, In.  Its going on from 6-730pm tonight, Im really excited because this is not only a fundraiser, its a chance for kids and familys to come and learn a little more about living a healthy, happy life.  I love to meet people and tell them that Im training for the Olympics because I show them that anything is possible, seriously, I was never an amazing athlete.  When  I got my drivers license at 16 I was 5'4" 104lbs too small to play football and was picked on a bit for my size.  Well luckily the Lord had a plan for my life that included me growing a bit and when I got to college I learned that if I worked hard enough anything was possible.

When I talk to kids I try to explain to them that Im no superstar, I wasnt a high school phenom, the guys and girls that are amaze me because that wasnt me.  If you are or were one of those phenoms, use that gift to all your ability.  I know we tell kids they can be anything they want to be but its another thing to show them an example and hopefully thats what I am to them.

So although tonight is a fundraiser to help raise money to support me in my Olympic pursuit, its a great opportunity for me to give these kids something to shoot for to know that anything is possible, be it the Olympics, going to college, being a doctor or the president.

I have to thank Mike McGrath of for donating 4 posters, Jerry Hofferth from Hofferth Chiropractic for donating 2 massages, Andy Poe of Gymnastics Michiana for donating a certificate for a free class, Fuzion Athletics Bethel College for donating 2 camps,and Ashley Whitaker for designing the awesome shirts.

And finally to all of you, for the donations to the website, shirts that have been ordered, and every once of support that i get from all of you I cant thank you guys enough.

Always Pursuing -Mark-