One more day and our kids wrap up their first year of school living in Arizona. The move has been great for our family. The kids are experiencing so much and are loving it. Once again as we look forward to summer, it is going to be jammed packed.
Daxon is going to be extremely busy with both football and basketball as he prepares to enter high school. Tia is finishing her junior year and preparing to be a senior. With all she has worked towards in basketball over the years, this summer is going to be one of the most important in determining where she will go on to play after high school.
We live in Arizona, but decided that the best thing for her to do this summer is play for a team she was invited to join that is based out of Los Angelas. The team is the GBL Candace Parker National team. This team is very well coached and their focus is to get their players in front of the college coaches to give them the opportunities to earn a scholarship.
As soon as school ball ended the focus turned to GBL. So we have made a lot of trips from Arizona to California on the weekends for practice and games. GBL is an Adidas sponsored team and follows the Adidas Gauntlet tournaments, in addition to a number of other tournaments. So far they have had the Phoenix Adidas Gauntlet tournament, the US Junior Nationals (USJN) in Irvine CA and another tournament last week in San Diego.
Their upcoming tournaments are:
June 3-4 Swift Hawaiian Classic in Corona CA
June 17-18 GBL Hosted DII, DIII Viewing Event
July 6-8 Cal Storm Tournament
July 10-12 Adidas Gauntlet Finale – Dallas TX
July 23-25 Brandon Clay’s Peachtree – Atlanta
July 27-29 Adidas Nationals – Atlanta
It has been fun to watch the process as college coaches have been reaching out to her. She has been invited to a number of Elite Camps where the coaches can evaluate her. The challenge has been trying to schedule all of these camps and know which ones to prioritize by how serious the coaches are. Tia has worked hard to get to where she is basketball. She has also worked hard to keep a 4.0 GPA. I’m confident that all of this hard work will pay off and she will have the opportunity to go on to play at a great school where she can also get a great education.
This video is Tia’s most recent highlight tape comprised of some of her final high school games plus the Phoenix Adidas Gauntlet and US Junior Nationals.
As I’ve always said, this blog is about my life as a father and husband and not only business. So this post is more related to the things I really love, my family and supporting them in what they do.
Our family really enjoys this time of year. The kids are back in full swing of basketball mode and we are doing our best to follow them around to get to all their events. All of my kids are attending American Leadership Academy in Queen Creek, Arizona. Daxon’s season has just got underway (8th grade) and they are 1-1. I’ll have some game tape for him that I’ll share soon.
I have the opportunity to help coach Tia’s team. She’s a junior this year and has started out strong. Her stats can be tracked on MaxPreps HERE
This past weekend we played in the Holiday Hoops women’s Basketball Tournament in Phoenix and Tia was named to the All Tournament All-Star Team. Our first game was probably her best where she had 29 points, she was 7 for 9 from behind the three point line, had 16 rebounds and 8 steals.
It’s going to be a fun year watching both Tia and Daxon, we are really looking forward to it!
The header of my blog says, The Life of a Father, Husband and Entrepreneur. I use that because my post may jump around a bit. I enjoy writing about the business side of life but the father and husband part of my life are by far the most important to me. That’s why one of my categories is Heggie Life. This is the category that is more focused on family and events than business.
I enjoy the fact that we do a lot together as a family and when one person in our family has an opportunity to do something we can usually find a way to make it a family event. My kids are active and involved in a lot of things. My oldest two, Tia and Daxon, are the most active and I love following them around.
We recently moved from Alberta, Canada to Queen Creek, Arizona for business reasons. My daughter had a basketball coach a few years ago at the Michael Jordan Flight School basketball camp that heard we had moved and he invited her to come to California to play on his basketball team, the Candace Parker GBL Rebels, for the West Coast Fall Exposure Tournament.
It turned out to be a great weekend for the whole family. We were able to spend a day at Corona del Mar, Newport Beach and then two days in the gym watching Tia play basketball.
School basketball will be starting soon for Tia and Daxon. They attend American Leadership Academy in Queen Creek, CAN’T WAIT!
Looking forward to another summer of basketball with Tia playing for Basketball Alberta.
Team Alberta will be playing at the NIKE End of the Trail basketball tournament in Oregon City OR from July 5-8. From there they will head to Langley BC for some exhibition games. They will cap off the year at the Canadian National Championships in Regina SK from July 24-31.
For the final weekend of summer before the kids are back in school we headed to the mountains of Crowsnest Pass. It was a great day of riding the quads and enjoying the views and the people we were with. The forest fires in Washington were still filling the sky with smoke but it was a relatively clear day and we had a great time.
It was another fun summer following Tia around with her basketball. Unfortunately she suffered an early spring broken leg that slowed her down for a while but she healed up and finished strong. She played on the University of Lethbridge PEBL team in the spring and the U16 Basketball Alberta team during the summer.
Now it’s time for an exciting season of volleyball for Tia and football for Daxon!
We had the opportunity to spend the last week in Wood Buffalo (Fort McMurray) Alberta at the Western Canadian Summer Games. The organizers of the event did a great job. Each event was well organized and the facilities were great. The opening ceremonies were great to watch!
The purpose for us to be at the games was to watch our daughter, Tia Heggie, play with the U16 Basketball Alberta women’s team. We are very proud of Tia and her team. They fought through some tough games and finished fourth overall.
These are some highlights of Tia in her first three games
Loved reminiscing about this trip from 2011! I recently found some old footage from a trip we took with some friends to the Caribbean. We spent a number of days cruising from island to island and had so much fun. One of the excursions we went on was at the Tree Top Adventure Park in St. Lucia. The zip lines there were so much fun and the staff were great! If you will be in St. Lucia I highly recommend the Tree Top Adventure Park Zip Lines.
I have quite a large bucket list of things that I want to do an accomplish. But I have had the opportunity to knock quite a few things off that list. I’ve put together some clips of some of those things.
Things checked off the list in this video:
Skydiving (the free-fall was the best part)
Swimming with sharks in Hawaii (with my daughter)
Meet / Play basketball with Michael Jordan
Zip-Lines (Whitefish Mountain, Montana)
Air Chair water skiing (Lake 5, Montana – wasn’t good at this at all!)
Dog Sledding (with my wife – it was her present to me for my birthday)
Swimming with dolphins on the Big Island of Hawaii (with my son and daughter)
Visit Greece (with my wife)
Fly gliders in Hawaii (so cool seeing the whales as we flew out over the ocean)
Visit Africa (with my wife)
Professional Rodeo Cowboy – Steer Wrestler (in the video: Innisfail Pro Rodeo, Red Deer Pro Rodeo, Calgary Stampede)
Razr and Dirt Biking in the mountains
Climb Old Chief
Caribbean Cruise (with my wife and some friends)
Helicopter Ride over Hoover Dam (with buddies Jeremy and Tyson)
Last week I had the opportunity to take a youth group from our church down to the West Glacier area in Montana to camp. It is a beautiful area in the mountains with a lot to do. We spent a day with Glacier Raft Company doing some white water rafting. The water levels were lower than average the it was a little cool that day, but we still had an excellent time. I would definitely recommend Glacier Raft Company.
We also spent a day at Whitefish Mountain. I have spent a lot of time on the mountain skiing in the winters but I’ve never experienced any of their summer adventures before. Some of our group spent their time in the Aerial Adventure Park and had a great time. I took a group on the Zip-Line Tours and we loved every minute of it. Soaring high above the ski slopes, over ravines & through the trees was a great experience. With some of the lines reaching up to 1,900 feet in length and as high as 300 feet above the trees it was a great adventure. We had the opportunity to enjoy seven different lines, all with breathtaking views of the mountains. It’s definitely an activity I’m happy to refer others to.
This is a short video of three of the zip-lines at Whitefish Mountain