We had the good fortune of connecting with Todd and Catrina Zuccato and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Todd & Catrina, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
We are strong supporters of youth sports. The lessons of teamwork, discipline, hard work, and learning to deal with failure can be applied throughout life. We believe in community, and we wanted to bring the opportunity to our community for a fun and exciting way to get some exercise and build character while doing something the kids enjoy.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Hyperdrive Flag Football is a coed flag football league for ages 5-17. We are an NFL Flag affiliate.
What sets us apart from other leagues is our family and community focus. We have made an effort to connect with other small, local businesses to provide the services we offer beyond football. We bring activities to our game day to create a whole family atmosphere.
We’re most proud of the community we are building to have a positive influence on these young athletes. Watching kids mature and improve, surrounded and supported by adults helping them be better everyday inspires us beyond words.
We are a new league, so our business story is just beginning. Todd has been a flag football coach for about five years, as well as completing some training as a martial arts instructor. Catrina has been working with educating youth for over 20 years. We saw an opportunity that the NFL Flag program did not have an affiliate in Surprise, and it seemed like a natural fit for our skill sets and passions.
The biggest lesson we have learned so far is that we are not alone. By simply sharing our story and our passion, we’ve been connected to some amazing people.
We’re on a mission to help build better humans. Our mission is to get kids off the couch, to turn off the TV, to turn off video games, put their phones down, and get out into the world. Whether it’s with Hyperdrive Flag Football, or any other organization, we want to see kids getting some exercise. Exercise helps kids stay healthy and improve mental focus. Through youth sports, kids learn about winning and losing, about success and failure, and about the value of hard work. It shows kids how to work together, and it teaches them they need practice to improve at any skill. Those lessons can be carried forward throughout life.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We would like to recognize youth sports coaches everywhere. We have had coaches that have impacted our lives, but also the lives of so many youth athletes. All coaches in our league, along with so many other leagues, are volunteers. They are individuals that dedicate their time to teaching and mentoring, while seeking nothing in return.
We would also like to recognize Paradise Honors Elementary for allowing the use of their field for games. They have been gracious in helping us with a field to play on.
Lastly, Greg Conn Photography and Shine Coffee. Both of these local companies have joined us on game day to offer our players and parents an experience beyond a football game.
All images are courtesy of Greg Conn Photography