#97. February 27th, 2013: Chase Peterson

You may know him as the Sports Guy from CCA TV. You may know him as the fastest runner alive. You may know him as the funny man who can just about anyone double over with laughter. No matter how you know him, he is Chase Peterson and he is fantastic 🙂 Chase is seriously one of the most well-rounded individuals that I know. He’s smart, incredibly athletic, unbelievably talented, and a truly caring and genuine friend. One thing I think Chase is superb at though is his ability to make others feel welcome and join in a laugh. When I called him tonight, it didn’t take longer than a few seconds for me to start chuckling. He’s one of those guys who is just naturally funny and he’s someone you want to be around. He makes you happy and he makes you feel like you matter and that is something truly special to be skilled at. Chase also helped me in semi-funny and semi-serious sort of way. If you know me, you know that my face turns red with just about anything that I do, especially when I’m embarrassed. In high school, Chase noticed this and started calling me out on it saying “INDOOOORRRR SUNNBURRRRNN” in just about the funniest voice you’ve ever heard. But actually, every time he says it I just die and well, turn red in the face! 🙂 Well anyway, the fact that he brought it to light and showed how funny it can be actually made me embrace it in a weird way and stop being so embarrassed by how often it happens. It’s hard to explain, but he actually has helped me laugh at myself much more and learn the incredible value and power of self-deprecating humor. It says a lot when you’re not afraid of making fun of yourself and it allows people to open up. Anyway, Chase is phenomenal at it but he’s also just great at making others smile and laugh without causing harm to anyone. It’s in his facial expressions, in his silent pauses, and it’s in his inflection. He’s just a fantastic guy 🙂 Chase, thank you so much for being one of the funniest guys I know. Thank you so much for being a perfect combination of a serious man, a funny man, a compassionate man, a loving man, and a fun man. Thank you for being a leader at CCA and for allowing others to open up and be themselves. Thank you for living such a wonderful life and for leading it in such an admirable way. Thank you for being a role model for SO many people including myself, and thank you for being who you are, 100% of the time. Thank you for being you 🙂 For all of that, Chase, I thank you 🙂 (queue red face)

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