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About Us

Mission

Assist in bringing health, prayer for healing, and recovery support to injured athletes and their families.

 Vision

Establish RiseReady as a world wide organization for injured athletes, making a connection to real life stories, helping to motivate others who are facing their challenges. 

 Background
RiseReady was founded by a father who’s daughter suffered a career ending gymnastics injury. His family chose the RiseReady attitude and they now encourage others to conquer fear and stay motivated to be their best and get through their challenges.
* RiseReady is an official 501(c)(3) Non Profit.

* We are focused on the everyday athlete.


* We are constantly working to establish scholarship funds to assist families in need as a result of their challenges.

It started with an idea:
- To inspire, motivate, and encourage athletes through our Logo on sports apparel and merchandise that carries the stories of the heartfelt bravery that these athletes carry EVERYDAY.
 To use the apparel and the true stories to touch the hearts of everyone that sees and reads them. To use the funds raised through our campaigns to assist the Children's Hospital in Tulsa Oklahoma and create scholarships to support physical therapy locations for these families in need.

The first line of shirts, “The Keely Edition”, was inspired by the founder’s daughter who suffered a broken neck which ended her career as a competitive USAG gymnast. She has fought through her injuries by deciding to stay strong and RiseReady everyday to face her challenges.

The second line of shirts, “Traden Tees”, was inspired by Traden Karch, a junior golfer who suffered injuries in a car accident which crushed his skull resulting in a brain injury. Traden has chosen to RiseReady, and is actively working his way back to the golf course.
Our goal is to encourage others in need by sharing these real stories through our brand, RiseReady!

Stay tuned in for the journey we take in our mission to support you the athlete, families and individuals everywhere that Rise Ready Everyday, to do what you do!

 

 

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Craig Archer - Founder / CEO

Craig Archer, founder of RiseReady, had the idea to start a foundation which recognized the everyday athletes who suffer from injuries and the adversities caused by them. He wanted to create a media portal of shared stories that people could go to and be motivated to RiseReady Everyday to get through their challenges and see that they are not alone.

When his own daughter Keely, a USAG Gymnast, suffered a broken neck that ended her career, RiseReady took on a whole new meaning with him
as he was now living it through his own child and it amplified his vision. He met Bo Van Pelt through Keely’s injury and shared his vision with him. Bo graciously offered to be a
part of it and a friendship started.

The slogan RiseReady EVERYDAY-FIGHT-WIN-REPEAT was born. Craig is working to put together scholarships, and assists the athletes and families in their recovery by working through local hospitals and physical therapy facilities.

Craig is currently an Account Manager in the industrial electronics automation field, where he has spent the last 17years of his career. He has held several positions including National Account Manager, Business Development Manager, Team Leader and Director of Sales.
Most of Craig's success in business has been with a Fortune 2, one Fortune 100
Company, and three Fortune 500 companies.

As part of his volunteer community service, Craig served as a Reserve Police Officer for
the Special Operations Division of the Tulsa Police Department for 12 years. He has a
Master at Arms certification in four different shooting platforms, graduated Top Gun in his academy class, trained as a first responder, and in advanced combat shooting platforms. He retired from his volunteer service in 2016.
Craig had an athletic career of wrestling for 16 years including Greco and Freestyle.In his wrestling career a few of his accomplishments were being ranked 4th in the nation in high school and two-time All-Conference Champion. He also holds three black belts.

Craig enjoys time at his church, with his family, helping others, music, baseball and golf.

 

 

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Bo Van Pelt - Co Founder

Bo van Pelt is the Co-Founder of RiseReady and a professional golfer that lives in Tulsa, OK along with his wife and three children. Through the accident that ended Keely Archer's gymnastics career, Bo and Craig Archer struck up a friendship. During many phone calls and lunch meetings, Craig shared his vision for RiseReady and Bo was instantly on board. Bo is an avid sports fan and Craig's vision to help out athletes and their families in their time of crisis struck a chord with Bo.

"GIVING BACK" is a major theme on the PGA Tour and his 17 year career, Bo has been involved in several charities. Bo and his father started a First Tee program in his hometown of Richmond, Indiana that has become a template for several new programs. Bo and his wife Carrie have also donated multiple houses for Habitat for Humanity and have helped with their golf outing for over a decade.

 

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Chris Karch - Vice President

Chris Karch is superintendent of Morris Public Schools. With over twenty years experience in the education field, he has served in several capacities including secondary math teacher, baseball and gold coach, building principal, athletic director, and assistant superintendent. Chris holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Northeastern State University, he holds holds a Doctorate in education from Oklahoma State University.

Chris spent much of his youth playing baseball. Upon high school graduation, he continued to fill the need for competition by taking golf more seriously, walking on the men's golf team at Northeastern. He spent 14 summers working on a golf course to have an avenue to work on his game, eventually getting his handicap to scratch. Those days are gone but he still enjoys competing in amateur events across the state. He has been lucky enough to enjoy the experience of making seven aces in his golf career.

Chris currently serves on the Oklahoma State Department of Education's IDEA B State Advisory Panel. He also served on the advisory council of the Oklahoma ABLE Tech Special Education Resolution Center. He was chosen as the 2010 Oklahoma FCCLA Outstanding Administrator of the year. He attends First Baptist Church in Broken Arrow.

 

 

 

 Bobby Bryan - Director of Operations

Bobby Bryan is a Corporal with the Tulsa Police Department where he has held the positions of Vice Unit Supervisor, Field Training Officer, Pursuit Driving Instructor, SWAT Operator, Detective, Dignitary Protection, Oklahoma Attorney General's Human Trafficking Task Force, and Search & Rescue Specialist on the Department of Homeland Security's Oklahoma Task Force 1.

He has been very active in the community, speaking to numerous community groups and homeowners associations about crime trends and crime prevention. He has also volunteered as a Forensic Science instructor at Metro Christian Academy.

Before joining the Tulsa Police Department, Bobby was an Athletic Director, Physical Education Teacher, and coached men's high school basketball and women's softball. He obtained three personal training certifications and was a NPC men's physique competitor. Bobby played both football and basketball through high school and played two years of college basketball.

Bobby has always valued training and continued education. While on the Tulsa Police Department he has trained in several areas such as Incident Command, Gang and Drug related incidents, Homicide Investigations, Active Shooter Response, Suicide Prevention, Basic SWAT School, Financial Investigations, and Advanced Weapons Training. He recently obtained his SCUBA Diving Certification and is active in Jiu Jitsu Training.

Bobby has a Master's degree in counseling and Bachelor's degree in program management.