About KIDS Playing for KIDS
Kids Playing For Kids was created by coach Jan ``Tav`` Tavrytzky who saw that his players could learn more than how to just play the game but also about what really matters in life. These kids benefit from the camaraderie and inclusion on a team that their conditions may have previously kept them from. All the kids benefit and the results are a lifetime of amazing memories!
board of directors & volunteer staff
Coach Tav grew up in Washington State playing soccer, football, running track, and snow skiing. Tav graduated from the US Air Force Academy with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1986 where he also played football. He flew the F-16 in the Air Force, South Carolina Air National Guard, and Luke Reserves for 19 years, including flying in Desert Storm, and retired in 2006 as a Lt. Colonel. Jan is currently a commercial pilot flying internationally for a major airline. He is married to the lovely Venita, and has twin teenage boys, Tyler & Tanner. They have lived in Phoenix since 2000. He has coached youth sports for over 12 years in soccer, football, and lacrosse. After coaching several teams to Championships, he realized the need to teach his players more about just winning on the field, but more importantly winning in life.
Venita Tavrytzky is a wife and mother of twin athletes. Prior to being a taxi driver for her teenage boys who are now attending college, she graduated with a marketing degree from the University of Arizona in 1991. She went on to work in sales for one of the first cellular companies in the industry.
Kevin C. Barrett, Esq.
Kevin is a lawyer and founding shareholder of the Phoenix-based firm of Graif Barrett & Matura. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona and his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University. He specializes in insurance coverage and litigation and is admitted to practice law in Arizona, California and Nevada. Kevin grew up in Tucson, Arizona and is an avid fan of the Wildcats. In sharing his love of sports with his son, Kevin developed a deep appreciation for the character-building principals of team sports and how those lessons could be shared with all kids regardless of their physical limitations. The participants in the KPFK program continue to inspire Kevin and his family.
Tyler & Tanner Tavrytzky
Tanner and Tyler are attending Yale University. Both enjoy playing lacrosse and snow skiing. They are very involved in the Yale student life, are ROTC cadets, on the Yale Club lacrosse team, excellent students, and enjoy their free time with friends.
Timothy S. Hart, CPA
Mr. Hart has over thirty years of vast accounting and finance experience to include 10 years with KPMG, one the worlds largest international public accounting firms. Most recently, Mr. Hart expanded his private practice to form R3 Accounting LLC. Mr. Hart holds a bachelors degree in Accountancy, Economics and Business Administration from Thomas More College, and has been a certified public accountant since 1984. Mr. Hart is a member (former treasurer) of the OPWM Rotary, treasurer and board member of OP Main Street and former Chairman (and current board member) of the Oakland Park/Wilton Manors council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.
Graduated from Texas Tech in '91 with a BS in Restaurant, Hotel & Institutional Management. Married to Susan for over 20 years and have 2 kids; Emily, attending NAU and Jared who is a senior in high school.
Nina is an experienced Consumer and Sports Marketing executive currently leading the brand marketing for a leading baby products company based in Southern California. Prior to her current role, Nina was the VP Marketing for the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury Basketball teams and also managed all in arena event programming for the US Airways arena - over 200 events/yr. Earlier in her career, she served as the Director of Marketing for the Harlem Globetrotters and also worked in consumer branded products managing a range of brands including Dial, Tone, Right Guard. Nina has a passion for kids, and a passion for sports which is why she is excited to bring her expertise to Kids Playing for Kids.
PG Photography provides the highest quality photographic services in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. Focusing on family portraiture and high school seniors, we specialize in distinctive portraiture for the home, unique products, and unparalleled service.
By day Josh is CEO & General Manager at Gravity Jack, a global leader in computer vision, machine learning, and augmented reality innovations including its latest invention, AdroitAR. AdroitAR is a deep learning computer vision algorithm that calculates the 6 DoF (degrees of freedom) object pose from a single monocular RGB frame in milliseconds. Josh is an owner at Catch Fly Fishing, is responsible for all things financial and digital and sits on the board of directors for Spokane Falls Trout Unlimited chapter. He supports Luke AFB via life membership in the Blue Blazer Squadron and is currently an honorary commander at Fairchild AFB.
I have worked Professionally as a Speech and Language Pathologist for 18 years with children and adults. My focus was in the areas of developmental disabilities and head injuries. I am a certified coach specializing in ADHA coaching with teens and college students incorporating the use of my Pet Partner Certified Bernese Mountain Dog. I continue to expand my love of working with children and volunteer for Paws2Read and the DreamRoads Coaching program in middle school. I am a Seattle native but have lived in the Valley the past 11 years with my husband, Larry, and two of our five children, Don and Tori; Courtney, Connor, and Gretchen live in Seattle.