Brandon Champion left us on Sunday, March 8, 2020. Brandon fought hard for four days, but in the end the injuries he sustained in his motorcycle accident were too much to overcome. Brandon was a US Marine, serving during Operation Enduring Freedom, a Volunteer Firefighter and a loving husband and hero to two young sons.
Brandon was born and educated in Sonoma County. Coaching was something that came naturally to him. Brandon will never be able to physically touch the lives of local youth again but through his foundation he can help underprivileged youth play the sports he so loved.
Brandon is survived by his wife Nicolina (Nikki) and two sons, Tyler and Lucas. Brandon, you are missed beyond measure. The lives you touched and the memories you created will always be held tightly in our hearts.
In an effort to keep Brandon's passion for youth sports alive, we created the Brandon Champion Foundation, a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization.
Youth sports is more than kids playing baseball or basketball. Youth sports provides an outlet where kids can develop skills related to leadership, teamwork and sportsmanship, all of which contribute to their development as solid citizens.
The lessons young players gain while playing youth sports have guided some to become astronauts, emergency first responders, bestselling authors, military heroes, professional athletes, and even president of the United States. To be successful in youth sports, you need to learn from failure and losing, more so than from the act of winning. In organized team sports, children work together to accomplish a task and learn from their mistakes. These lessons directly translate into the classroom and beyond.
It is too often the case that children who desire to play youth sports are stopped due to the inability to pay for registration and/or sporting equipment. By providing funds to area youth organizations Brandon's connection to youth sports lives on.
The Brandon Champion Foundation was created to provide local youth who are financially challenged the opportunity to participate. Additionally, we will provide financial scholarships to support young families that have lost a parent.
Westside Little League 50/70 field named in Brandon's honor