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“That’s how we ended up starting the Pond Hockey Championship,” he said of the annual outdoor hockey tournament. In January 2006, he and Dave Haider (a partner in Urban Organics) set up 25 hockey rinks on Lake Calhoun for a low-key, four-on-four, no-goalies tournament that drew 96 teams competing for the top prize, the Golden Shovel.
“I just wanted to play hockey outdoors the way I did as a kid,” he said. “It turned out to be a great reunion with our youth. I’ve realized that I’m kind of a kid. I think my development is arrested as a 10-year-old.”
His wife didn’t challenge that assessment. In fact, she said, it’s his youthful spirit that helps make him successful.
“He’s a big kid, and that quality attracts people to him,” she said. “He’s a motivator, a cheerleader. He likes to make people laugh. And he’s very creative. You want to work with Fred.”
It’s the people working with him who make the difference, he insisted.
“I’ve always surrounded myself with people smarter than I am,” he said. “Everything I’ve done has been a collective effort. I’m just an enthusiastic facilitator.”
He paused before adding with a laugh: “My goal is to exceed my own expectations.”
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