Go Higher

July 21, 2021

By Jeff Becraft


A few of weeks ago, I talked about losing my sister-in-law and my friend named Robb to cancer.  Since then, I was told this story by a mutual friend of Robb’s.

Robb did track in college and threw the javelin.  I actually met Robb at a FCA camp and one year we roomed together where Robb kept the thermostat on snow and I was waiting for the sides of beef to be brought in.

Robb’s son, Reichley, pole vaults in high school.  Reichley had never placed in the top 10 at a track meet.

Robb had been working with Reichley and was trying to hang on to be able to see his son in the district meet.

Robb didn’t make it.

In the wake and sorrow of his dad’s passing, Reichley, who had never placed in the top 10,  took 2nd place at the district championships.

Way to go, Reichley!  Your dad would be proud.  Thank you for inspiring the rest of us.

And for the rest of us, keep vaulting.  That bar, that obstacle, that challenge… it is there to go over.

Go higher today.


Jeff Becraft is the Executive Director for Youth Corps and has dedicated much of his life to helping shift the vision of people’s lives.  Youth Corps is a life-changing leadership development experience that inspires high school students to be leaders in the Midlands and beyond. You can connect with Jeff at [email protected].