Keith Bland, night stock employee at the Rochester No. 1 Hy-Vee for 19 years, received a “Jefferson Award,” presented by local TV station Fox 47, honoring his commitment to making a difference in his community. Sarah Thacker, marketing coordinator for the Rochester Hy-Vee stores, nominated Bland for the award. Fox 47 presented the award on November 1.
“Public service and giving back to our community are a big part of being a Hy-Vee employee,” Thacker said. “Keith goes above and beyond for what it means to be involved in community service and we’re lucky to have him on our team.”
Bland leads a youth basketball program for girls in 5th through 11th grades. He helped start the program a decade ago, when his daughter was young. But even now that his daughter is out of school, he continues on, spending his time teaching the girls about the value of hard work.
Bland’s part in the Rochester Shock helps participants improve their basketball skills while building character and teaching lessons that can be used on and off the court.
“I love to do it because I can remember when I was young and people helped me,” said Bland. “It’s really great to see the girls’ progress from the time they start in March by the time fall ball comes. Hard work will pay off.”