July 26, 2015 – A local family is making sure that the legacy of their young son leaves a lasting impact on area youth. Lovingly remembered for his sideways grin and as the “non-twin” in the family, Burkley (Burk) Hansen, 13, passed away from an all-terrain vehicle accident earlier this year.
With the support of close friends, Burk’s parents, Clint and Tammy, have created a foundation to promote service, faith, personal development and recreational opportunities. Several upcoming community events sponsored by the PlayForBurk Foundation have already been set, including a special visit by international recording artist Alex Boye next month.
“It all started because the day Burk passed away, a lot of his friends and people who knew him started doing ‘Play for Burk’ hashtags on Instagram and other social media places, so it just kind of stuck,” said Clint Hansen, adding that a logo with his son’s basketball number “32” also was soon created.
”Within a month and a half of Burk’s death, we had the foundation set up, which I understand is pretty fast for a 501(c)3 , so I can’t help but think there’s some divine intervention in helping us get it set up,” he said.
Boye recently received a standing ovation for his rendition of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” on “America’s Got Talent.”
“His parents are from Nigeria, he was born in London, and now he’s a dual citizen. He’ll sing some spiritual songs, and it will give us all a chance to meet him and he’ll stay around and talk to people,” said Hansen.
Boye will arrive to the City of Legends and perform a family-friendly concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Bartlesville Community Center, where local talent will have the chance to share the stage with the inspirational artist and sing “Let It Go.”
Clint Hansen said that local soloists interested in being part of Boye’s singing show can submit a demo video by going to www.playforburk.org/alex-boye-benefit-concert or email [email protected] no later than Friday.
Hansen reflected on the special bond he had with his son, especially throwing the football around in the family’s front yard.
“One of our favorite things to do was pretend like we were in the Super Bowl,” he said. “I would be quarterback, and he’d be the receiver and so the front yard became our football field. There’s a tree in the middle of the yard and that was the defender. He’d love it when I’d make him dive for the footballs, so that was really fun.”
Still, Burk’s top passion was basketball, and he especially enjoyed supporting Brigham Young University, proudly wearing number 32 on his basketball journey, just like his favorite player, James “Jimmer” Fredette.
“He really loved basketball. He was on a semi-competitive team here in town and his teammates became part of the family. Two of his teammates were there the day he passed away,” said Hansen.
The promising young Madison Middle School student also loved his family and bonding with his older twin siblings, Nathan and Mikah, and Elayna and Ethan, the younger twins.
“He was strong in his faith, had a passion to help others and cheer up those who needed it. He was a friend to all around him, whether it was the homeless girl or popular kid in school. He just had a big heart and always put others before himself,” said Hansen, adding that his son was also an active Boy Scout and planned to serve a two-year service mission on behalf of the LDS church after graduating high school.
The PlayForBurk Foundation will further promote events reflecting Burk’s interests through various other community events, including a back-to-school bowling fundraiser party on Sept. 3 at the Red Apple Bowling Alley.
An “inflatable” 5K fun run for the Bartlesville community is also scheduled a month later on Oct. 3 near Madison Middle School. More details on both events will be available soon.
Hansen said that an overall goal for the foundation is to help area youth develop and succeed. He envisions having programs where students can become more involved in serving the community, as well as a leadership program and conference next summer featuring well-known motivational speakers.
“Doing good in the world is what we’re all about. We want to focus on local youth. A lot of kids knew Burk or knew of him. So we figured if we keep the name Burk in there, they’ll know and recognize that it’s for Burk Hansen,” he said.
For more about the PlayForBurk Foundation, including how to become involved, visit www.playforburk.com.
Tickets to the Aug. 22 Alex Boye concert range from $10-$50 and are available through the BCC box office and also can be purchased online at www.bartlesvillecommunitycenter.com.
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