Curt Bjurlin. Madison, WI. I come from a long line of creatives and makers and I've been cooking up new ideas for as long as I can remember. When I wasn't in my dad's workshop, I was kicking a soccer ball around. Up until I was sidelined by injury, I was captain of my high school varsity team, and if you had asked me what I would be doing as an adult, I would have said playing professionally. I’ve since coached a fantastic team of kids, the Mighty Elves, and served on the board of Regent Soccer, Madison’s largest soccer club. For me, soccer has always been about entering a state of creative flow. One of the things I love most about Futpong is that I can recapture that feeling I had playing soccer as a kid, and watch as others get to experience it for the first time.
Dave “Crazy Legs” Wager. Missoula, MT. “Crazy Legs” was my nickname while playing soccer at Skidmore College. My love affair with the game of soccer is in its 37th year and I still play the game in my hometown. My other passion is forest conservation. While studying forest ecology I had an a-ha moment that eventually became a successful company, Tree Ring, which crafts high-end pens and watches out of sustainably harvested wood. As an entrepreneur, I love sharing great products and ideas. The first time I experienced the sheer joy of Futpong, I knew it was a winner. I’m thrilled to be part of the Futpong movement to help younger players build skills, give older players a game they can keep playing, and provide everyone in between a wildly fun activity.
Rick Davis. Ellsworth, KS. As a kid, I had a passion for just about every sport possible. My first soccer coaches were immigrants who had played soccer in their own countries (England, Germany, and Italy), and that's when my passion for the game began. They taught me the fundamentals and were directly responsible for helping me achieve one of my biggest dreams--to become a professional soccer player and represent my country (USA) in international competition. I enjoyed a 13-year professional career playing with and against some of the greatest players of our time, and eventually went on to become the Executive Director of the American Youth Soccer Organization. My friendship with Curt began around soccer, and when he called me about Futpong, I immediately saw its skill-building potential, as we played versions of it as a regular part of our professional free-play time.
Teddy Bjurlin. Madison, WI. I took apart and repaired my first computer when I was ten. I love to build and design just about everything. I also like building robots, programming open source computers, and piloting drones and R/C sailboats. When it comes to physical activity I love to unicycle, bike, or ride just about anything with wheels. I’ve also been performing in circus shows for many years. My favorite circus arts are stilt walking, tightwire and unicycling. Balance is one of my core abilities. I don’t play soccer--but I invented Futpong with my dad when I was thirteen, and it was my idea to start a business around the game. I've had a great time playing it, and bringing the idea to you.