Eclectic Generosity

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Brandt Andersen focuses on community outreach on and off the court. “The main reason we purchased the Flash was to provide a vehicle for community outreach, particularly to kids,” he says.

 

Utah Valley entrepreneur Brandt Andersen makes community outreach his business

By utahvalley360.com

 

New clothes and toys covered the basement floor of a spacious Provo home just a couple blocks off University Avenue last December. Enough groceries to feed a small army, with cleaning and hygiene supplies to match, were carefully stacked on wooden pallets, overtaking the garage space normally reserved for family vehicles.

Friends, family and employees armed with gift wrap, Scotch tape, scissors and smiles wide enough to fill the local canyons intently worked to meet delivery deadlines set more by the season than the diminutive, yet effervescent leader of this spirited crew — entrepreneur and Utah Flash owner Brandt Andersen.

Limited to just one word, “eclectic” may be the best way to describe the 30-year-old Utah Valley entrepreneur. “Eclectically generous” if allowed two.

The Flash Family Foundation, working with Utah County school districts, identified and provided gifts, four months worth of food, and personal hygiene products for 60 Utah County families. Players employed by Brandt’s NBA Development League team, the Utah Flash, stepped up to serve as the delivery arm for the project.

This is the same Brandt Andersen who provided more than 13,000 complimentary tickets to Flash games for local school students. The same Utah Flash whose players made more than 25 visits to Utah Valley schools to speak with kids about service, respect and responsibility — every visit the brainchild of Brandt.

“The main reason we purchased the Flash was to provide a vehicle for community outreach, particularly to kids,” Brandt says. “Those kids don’t want to hear a guy who builds tall buildings telling them to do right, but when a 7-foot athlete shows up in their classroom, it gets their attention.”

Brandt’s parent company, G Code Ventures, is finalizing plans for a healthy lifestyles community in Lehi, which will include wakeboarding lakes, residential and commercial ventures, as well as a five-star hotel that will be the tallest building in Utah.

From sitting courtside in designer jeans at Flash games to meeting with world-renowned architect Frank Gehry about updates to the eco-friendly project in Lehi to playing host to the Iranian Olympic Team at The Factory at the Point of the Mountain, Brandt is equally as comfortable behind the wheel of his F-150 on the way to rappel down a sheer rock face as a member of Utah County Search and Rescue.

We said eclectic, didn’t we?

“I’ve been privileged to visit many interesting places and meet many interesting people around the world, but Utah County is my home,” Brandt says. “There is no other place where my family feels as comfortable as we do here.”

So whether it’s delivering a Christmas dinner, treating thousands of kids to a professional basketball game, doing his part for diplomatic relations through sport, or rescuing someone stranded on a mountain peak, every day brings new challenges and opportunities to serve. Brandt wouldn’t have it any other way.

“It’s not just an honor to give back to our community, but a debt of gratitude I owe,” Brandt says.

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Players for Brandt Andersen’s NBA D-League team, the Utah Flash, lend their hands — and height — to local Habitat for Humanity projects.

 

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