Yes, a love letter to our incredible ACL Regional & Conference Director Jeff Bachand, a credit to the game of cornhole and himself. With the new ACL season fast approaching, I want to express my gratitude to the top ACL dog here in the region, and mark my territory so his significant other gets the message. You hear that, Andy Gomes? MINE MINE MINE.
In all seriousness, though, as the game of cornhole explodes in popularity and the ACL starts to gain a foothold in the national conscious, Jeff has been there every step of the way, and has also done wonders to grow the game at the grassroots level. I, along with the rest of the WCCC, do our best to be good citizens of the cornhole world, and Jeff has always graciously given us advice whenever we’ve needed it, and has absolutely supported the WCCC with gestures big and small. He doesn’t have many free weekends, but whenever he can he attends our events even though Taunton isn’t exactly around the corner from us. He’s also allowed us to hang our WCCC banner at regional and conference events, and helps us promote in other ways; a logo on a livestream here, mentioning us on the nationally viewed ACL Throwdown there.
But, the deepest and most important thing he’s done on a personal level is embrace my devotion to remembering my late father through cornhole. At all of his events he allows us to have the wooden memorial scoretower we had made in memory of my father to be on the feature set of boards, and even when he’s going mental running a major event he ALWAYS makes sure Dad (as we affectionately call the scoretower) is at those boards. When we went to Portland for the final Northeast Conference event of last season, someone placed Dad at one of the outer boards while we were unloading equipment, and Jeff pretty much immediately dropped what he was doing to move Dad to the broadcast boards. That, and being allowed to commentate on the broadcast for eight straight hours is a memory I will always cherish. Our family is eternally grateful for these small gestures that mean the world to us.
Yes, there are other people who have helped us to an epic degree, and I will be writing love letters to them soon as well. Jeff happened to be first since the ACL season starts imminently.
Thank you Jeff, for all that you’ve done for us. We are forever grateful.