Aug 08

Former De La Salle star Cameron Colvin pleased that movie is telling his story

By Stephanie Hammon


Cameron Colvin isn’t nervous about moviegoers learning tragic details of his personal life.

The former De La Salle football star just wants his tale of perseverance to inspire others.

A key player in the final victories of the Spartans’ national-record 151-game winning streak, Colvin’s story of losing the people closest to him and how the football team helped him cope will be shared in the upcoming film “When the Game Stands Tall.” He’ll be portrayed by actor Ser’Darius Blain.

Colvin lost his mother as a high school sophomore. His father passed away when he was a 6-year-old growing up in Pittsburg. Then his best friend, teammate Terrance Kelly, was shot and killed just days before the pair was set to leave for college at Oregon.

But Colvin, now 28 and the CEO of his own real estate development company, never let his life get off course.

“Those experiences have always been my motivation to succeed and live my life the right way,” said Colvin, who is now based out of Scottsdale, Ariz.

While nearly all of the De La Salle football players in the movie are fictional composites based on the types of athletes the program has produced over the years, Colvin’s true story fit in perfectly with the message of the film.

And Colvin’s challenges and triumphs went beyond the time frame of the film.

Regarded as one of the top wide receiver prospects in the country as a high school senior, Colvin saw his college career at Oregon decimated by injuries. Misfortune seemed to follow him, but it didn’t ruin him. Now he’s found success in the business world.

“He was always a solid guy and had a good heart in him,” said Bob Ladouceur, the De La Salle head football coach, who is played by Jim Caviezel in the movie. “He struggled no doubt growing up but he always stayed the course, he never veered off. He stayed real solid and kept his head in the right place. I credit a lot of his friends for that, too. He had a lot of people to lean on.”

That’s what the movie illustrates.

“Those guys were the reason I was able to stay focused,” Colvin said of his De La Salle teammates. “The day after my mom died, I went to practice. I wanted to go to practice because football was my life and my passion, and I knew my brothers were there.

The major motion picture does take some creative liberties — it only briefly mentions some of the more devastating parts of his family history and a few other details, like the timeline of his mother’s death, are altered.

But Colvin is happy with the way that his journey is shown in the film, though signing on to be a part of the film wasn’t an automatic.

“I think I was a bit hesitant with there being a number of different things they could have portrayed that maybe my family wouldn’t want to relive,” Colvin said. “It wasn’t just a personal decision, it was a decision for my family. I wanted to respect the privacy of my family.”

When he learned more about the project, it became a “no-brainer,” he said.Colvin wasn’t on set for the filming, but gave some input, including some long phone conversations with Blain. He’s been pleased with how the film is being received by audiences so far. One response in particular, from a member of the armed forces stationed overseas, touched him.

“When a guy in a 24-hour-a-day war zone is telling you your story inspires them, that says it all,” Colvin said.

Jul 03

Entrepreneur Cameron Colvin joins Panel along with NBA Champs, Banking Executives and Luxury Real Estate agents!



With all the bad new surrounding professional sports these days, it is refreshing to see that there will be an event in Phoenix this summer that will celebrate and promote everything that is good about sports, athletes, and the fans that love them. On June 28-29, 2014, the first Arizona Sports Fan Expo (AZSFE) will be held at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

All six of Arizona’s professional sports team will be gathered under one roof for a first-of-its-kind interactive sports fan festival and sports-related shopping extravaganza. It will showcase team mascots, cheerleaders and an assortment of players and sports celebrities along with special Expo features like the Tailgate Party Pavilion, Ultimate Fan Cave, The Money Zone and Sports Card Collectors Corner with a live memorabilia auction.

Susan Ratliff, CEO of Susan Ratliff Presents, Inc., a long-time hospitality consultant in the Valley, is the organizer of the AZSFE.

“We are expecting 7000+ health and fitness minded adults who are actively participating in sports, families with kids in sports, and enthusiastic sports fans,” Ratliff says. “It is a great opportunity for families, as kids under 12 get free admission, and for companies and sponsors to be part of an Epic Expo.”

Mar 02

Cam Colvin and Rise Above Joins Linking Sports for 2014 Kickoff!!

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Feb 04

When The Game Stands Tall

When the Game stands Tall Check out the trailer here!





Cam Colvin on the motion picture ” Blessed to have an opportunity to be apart of an amazing story! Sharing the story of my brothers, loved ones and myself! Our journey that most won’t believe, men of faith.. “

Feb 04

When The Game Stands Tall Motion Picture!!

Here’s a SNEAK PEEK of Affirm Films’ new movie, ‘When The Game Stands Tall’, in theaters September 19, 2014! Starring Jim Caviezel, Michael Chiklis, Laura Dern and Alexander Ludwig, the film tells the inspirational story of a visionary coach who led a struggling football team to unparalleled national record-breaking success by focusing on character and commitment rather than winning. Become a fan of AFFIRM Films and ‘When the Game Stands Tall’ by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter (@AFFIRMFilms @WTGST)!

Dec 18

Cameron Colvin supports Local AZ Charity

Check out this post from Cam’s Instagram Feed @drcamcolvin


Colvin posing with 80 plus children and families supporting Maria Jones Law Firm and Gala in AZ

Colvin posing with 80 plus children and families supporting Maria Jones Law Firm and Gala in AZ


” Beautiful evening supporting these amazing children for the holidays. Special thank you to Maria Jones Law Firm and Gala Support Group. Supporting these kids along with their families who suffer from epilepsy, Autism and Down syndrome . Most of these people do not have food on their tables and not even a gift for Christmas. Blessed to be able to see these people smile.

“You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself.”



Dec 14

More business moves for young entrepreneur! – Cam Colvin

Interior design partnership

Decades of Interior Design Expertise


Since 1984, Est Est’s creative group has been under the direction of owner and head designer Tony Sutton. In 1997 Mr. Sutton moved the design studio to its current location in the Perimeter Center. Est Est is composed of ASID, NCIDQ certified interior designer professionals and support staff, who offer a rich mixture of ideas tempered by comprehensive experience. As a full-service interior design company, we offer the full range of services you would expect from a top ranking firm. Well-recognized for our detailed material specification manuals and comprehensive design drawings, Est Est designers strive to be the finest in their discipline. With our own CAD department and plotting capabilities, we are able to handle every aspect of a job in-house. Est Est’s design studio, also boasts of housing the largest resource library in the western region. With many of our clients traveling in from out of state, time is very precious. Our studio is designed as a one-stop-shop where the client is able to come to our studio and be presented with their design scheme, rather than having to travel all over town from showroom to showroom. The level of Est Est customer service is unparalleled in the local design community.

Residential, Commercial and Hospitality Purchasing Services

Our well-established relationships with regional, national, and international manufacturers, gives Est Est the buying power to be a “purchasing agent” for large hospitality projects as well as the ability to custom design one-of-a kind pieces for individual clients. Recognized for our innovative custom furnishings, Est Est offers a variety of merchandise from English, French, Italian and Spanish antiques, to the modern products of the United States, as well as antiques and specialty items from Mexico and Peru. Est Est offers all historic and contemporary design styles to appeal to client preferences, while keeping in mind the human scaled atmospheres that invite one to pursue and enjoy the good things in life. Rather than promoting a specific Est Est design style, we pride ourselves on custom designing each project to the clients’ tastes and wishes. The Est Est mission is to provide an environment complimentary to each client while enhancing the charm and objective of each space. Further setting us apart from the pack, is our full-service receiving, inspecting, warehousing, and installation facility and crew. We handle all aspects of a project from start to finish ensuring overall project success. The combination of extensive technical backgrounds and diverse talents of the Est Est designers’ form a multi-faceted design service, based on the principles of personal attention, integrity, quality and skill.


Dec 14

Cam Colvins Non Profit Partnership aims for community boost!



LSC is entering its 10th anniversary of encouraging student athletes to stay in school, lead healthy lifestyles and be financially responsible.

Linking Sports & Communities LLC is a 501 c 3 non-profit, which enhances the relationship among sports organizations, athletes and communities. LSC encourages student athletes to stay in school, lead healthy lifestyles and be financially responsible.



Dec 14

Colvin acquires All Natural meat brand and works with Owens family of Bay Area


Acquired by our group. We are Proud to Announce that The Green Cow Meat Company is a new brand of Rise Above Enterprise




What is Grass Fed Beef?


Grass Fed beef comes from cows fed a diet of natural grasses and not finished on a feedlot where the animals are rapidly fattened on a mixture of corn, soy, grains, other supplements, hormones, and antibiotics. Grass fed beef is lower in fat and calories and contain a higher omega-3 content than the commercial feedlot raised beef.


Our meat comes from cows fed on a premium quality diet program. The cows feed on a irrigated pasture containing grasses such as, white clover, strawberry clover, red clover, orchard grass, and annual rye. The animals are also fed an annual diet of medics , vetches, filaree and clovers. Occasionally, during extreme dry and hot temperatures, the cows are fed forage hay such as awn-less wheat and awn-less barley. This diet is proven and provided to us by our farmer in a signed affidavit, which many Grass Fed brands cannot provide.


Market Growth


The market for natural and organic beef products, currently at $350 million annually, could grow to over $1 billion within the next five years, attendees at a recent grass-fed beef conference were told.

More and more consumers are paying a premium and seeking out beef which is raised exclusively on grass.

“Grass-finished” generally means once the cattle is weaned from mothers’ milk, it consumes grass in open pasture for the entire lifespan, rather than getting fattened up on corn in feed lots during its final months.

Demand for grass-fed beef has been growing at a rate of 20 percent a year, according to one study. More stores are starting to offer grass-finished, but retail availability is still limited. Consumers are taking matters into their own hands by buying direct from ranchers.

Grass-finished beef has a more favorable ratio of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids and a higher level of conjugated linoleic acids (CLA’s), known for fighting cancer and fat. While this has personal health appeal to some, Woerner says there are not major nutritional differences between the two types of beef. He says grass-fed is a niche market and the majority (97 percent) of beef production in this country still comes from conventionally raised cattle.


Nov 23

Pittsburg native son brings turkeys, enjoyment to Boys & Girls Club families


PITTSBURG — Clutching the bumblebee and owl stuffed toys she just won at a raffle, Breanna Pool couldn’t decide which activity she was enjoying the most.

The Los Medanos Elementary School fifth-grader was floating around, taking in all the activities set up for kids Thursday afternoon at the East County Boys & Girls Club during a turkey giveaway event hosted by former pro football player and Pittsburg native Cameron Colvin.

The families of the 60 children in the affordable day-care program all received turkeys during the Rise Above Turkey Giveaway, while the children participated in competitions and received goody bags and prizes..

“The kids have been looking forward to this. They have been so excited. All day, they kept asking ‘Can we jump yet?,’” said Tyiest Mayo, the club’s site coordinator.

A steady stream of children piled into a castle-shaped bounce house, while others colored in a Thanksgiving-themed picture, got their faces painted, or participated in an obstacle course that tested their agility.

After thinking about it, Pool decided her favorite activity was decorating cupcakes, particularly adding rainbow sprinkles over Funfetti frosting.

“This is just great for the kids. And the best part is everybody gets something,” said Sharon Pool, who was there with her granddaughter.

Colvin, 27, a former prep football star at De La Salle High School who later played at the University of Oregon and briefly with the San Francisco 49ers, said many of his afternoons as a child were spent at the Boys & Girls Club.

Colvin said his hope is to provide inspiration for the kids in the program and help “set them on the right path,” especially those who may come from challenging situations at home such as he did.

“It was really important for (Colvin), to have that sense of helping, especially to let the kids know he came from that exact same environment, even the same elementary some of them go to,” said Nathan Kenion, a friend who helped Colvin host the event.

“It’s a blessing,” said Curtis Flucus Jr., a longtime community volunteer and counselor at the club.

“There were so many people here, like Mr. Flucus, that were just such mentors and role models to all of us. It’s just a way to give back,” said Colvin, now an entrepreneur who lives in San Francisco.

Colvin dealt with a lot of tragedy at an early age, which he had to overcome, including losing both his parents before completing his sophomore year of high school. Also, his best friend, Terrance Kelly, was shot and killed in August 2004, two days before they were to report to Oregon for football practice.

Flucus remembers Colvin from his days at the Boys & Girls Club as a focused and intelligent young man.

“For these kids to see somebody that comes from where they come from and telling his testimony, it’s such a positive,” Flucus said.

Last year, Colvin and a few others tried to give away 600 turkeys to the community, but the giveaway was planned a bit last-minute and ran into logistical problems. This year, there was more planning and the focus was solely on those in the Boys & Girls Club program.

Camar Walker, a full-time student at Los Medanos College, was among the parents on hand to watch their kids enjoy themselves. Almost all said receiving the turkey will help them stretch their dollar farther and have a bit of a better holiday.

“After seeing the prices in stores and how they’ve risen and what little income I have, I wasn’t sure. So, this is a great gift,” Walker said.

Contact Paul Burgarino at 925-779-7164. Follow him

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