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Donor Profile: A (fantasy) Football Star

Graeme Noseworthy — November 1, 2022

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One long time Takodian found a way to combine his love of sports with his dedication to camp. Dr. Nicholas Theberge, CT 12, or “Berg” as he is known at Camp, is a fantasy football star. He doesn’t just play the game; he wins the season.

Berg’s connections to the Takodah YMCA go way back. As a former camper, leader, division head, family camper, and more, he understands the importance of giving back to what has given him so much over the years. But he’s not alone. His wife, Amanda, CT 22, and even his little boy Jonah, working on CT 1, share his interest in supporting not just the place but the programs they’ve benefited from for so long.

Berg, a talented oral and maxillofacial surgeon in the Keene area, had donated to our Y through the traditional methods many times but he wanted to find a different way to raise money while simultaneously getting the word out about helping Camp. This is where his passion for sports came into play.

He and his fellow alumni had a long running Fantasy Football league and recently established a new one. At the beginning of the season, Berg pledged any of his winnings as a donation to the Y. The way the leagues were set up there are several ways to win, which means there are several ways he can contribute. Of course, the camaraderie is just as important as the action so Nick took the opportunity to talk to the other Takodians about his plans to donate at the end of the season. A lot of them agreed to have their proceeds “tossed into the helmet” as well so his donation could be more impactful and make a bigger difference.

And that is just what he did.

Winning 1st place in one league and 2nd place in another league, Nick took his winnings, combined it with significant contributions from additional players and cut a check to Camp Takodah. It was fun, it was meaningful, and it was greatly appreciated.

Finding creative strategies to donate can be an exciting way to stay involved with Camp and your camp-friends as well. If you’re looking for an idea, just reach out to Ryan Reed and he’ll get you started. In the meantime, we wish Nick the very best of luck for this season on the simulated gridiron!

After all, Vince Lombardi once said “the measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.”