Everyone's a Key Player to area businesswoman
KC Insurance president launches foundation to benefit young athletes
September 15, 2010IMLAY CITY — Darci Breslin knows the lessons a little athletic competition can bring to the table.
Along with physical fitness, the 1997 Capac grad says she learned about teamwork, friendship, discipline and plain old fun through playing sports as a youth.
Breslin, president of KC Insurance, is determined to share the opportunity to learn those lessons with all aspiring athletes through Key Players Athletic Foundation, a Four County Community Foundation fund she launched three months ago.
Breslin says Key Players helps her accomplish two goals: Honoring the memory of her friend Justin Bullock; and helping community members accomplish their dreams of participating in sports.
"I established Key Players through the Justin C. Bullock Memorial Foundation at Four County," Breslin says. "Justin's family is very close with Four County and they do a great job locally with grants. I wanted to do something locally, to keep it in the community."
Her clients—and the economic climate of the past couple of years—prompted the idea for Key Players, Breslin says.
"Some would come in and ask for donations to allow their kids to participate in sports," she says. "If they have two or three children, it was making them put a limit on how many sports they could play and it was bothering me."
Breslin says she didn't like the thought of kids being limited because of family finances, that the opportunity to participate in sports should trump economic boundaries.
"Sports helped me meet tons of new friends, stay competitive and stay in shape," Breslin says. "Plus it gave me so many memories, all the way from Little League to being a senior in high school."
Through Key Players Athletic Foundation, Breslin hopes others will be able to build those skills.
To help build the fund, Breslin and KC Insurance are sponsoring a 5K Walk/Run in Imlay City on October 16. Along with participants, Breslin hopes area businesses and merchants will help sponsor the event. Funds raised will go into the foundation, which will be awarded to area residents as grants.
"It doesn't matter if it's school sports, church leagues, or to cover pay-to-play or a rec league," Breslin says. "We want to offer as many options as possible for people to be able to participate in the sport they want to try."
Breslin says she hopes to build support and excitement around Key Players Athletic Foundation, which she hopes will benefit members of the community for years to come.
"The response has already been very positive, there are a lot of people excited about it."
The Oct. 16 5K Run/Walk will begin at the Ruth Hughes Library on Almont Ave. Registration runs from 7:30-8:30 a.m. The race begins at 9 a.m.
The entry fee is $20 per runner; $10 for students. The first 25 registrants will receive a T-shirt.
Prizes will be awarded to the 1st place male and female winner.
All donations will assist local students, schools and athletic organizations in the area to help with "Pay to Play," camps, and equipment.
To sponsor or participate in the Oct. 16th 5K Walk/Run or to make a donation or for more information contact Darci Breslin at 724-0199 or email for forms and information to
Catherine Minolli is Managing Editor of the Tri-City Times. She began as a freelance writer with the Times in 1994. She enjoys the country life, including raising ducks and chickens.