Miss A Columnist

Lesley Haenny is the Seattle Editor for Miss A. She is an Air Force wife now living in the Seattle area. Prior to living in Seattle, Lesley spent 7 years in Washington, DC, working as a Congressional liaison. She grew up in a small, mountain town in Southern California, sandwiched between an older sister and a younger brother. Her two hard working parents taught her to always go for the clearance rack, bring your lunch everyday, work hard for what you have, and always take the opportunity to travel and play outside. Lesley has been actively involved in various charities such as the Animal Resource Foundation, Komen For the Cure, Prevent Cancer Foundation, American Diabetes Association and the Race for Hope (benefitting the National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure).

Charity Meets: Nathan Riley, Founder of TruAthlete

(Photo Credit: Travers Dow)

(Photo Credit: Travers Dow)

Name: Nathan Riley

Occupation: Owner of TruAthlete

Website: thetruathlete.com

Twitter Handle: @thetruathlete

Facebook Page: Facebook.com/thetruathlete

What are three words that best describe you? Tenacious, Persistent, Motivated

Could you describe your business?

Billed as the Ultimate Trisport Event, TruAthlete is a competition in which coed teams of 6 players each battle each other tournament-style in each of three sports: flag football, volleyball, and soccer. For each game, six team members will take the field at a time; two women must be in play at all times, and teams can have up to four substitutes on the bench. There are two levels of registration: Division I, which is for serious athletes, or Division II, a casual bracket for groups interested in socializing and finally figuring out how their feet work. The top two teams in each division take home prizes. The event takes place at Magnuson Park, where you will be introduced to giant beer pong. Think of our event as field day for adults, and unleash your inner child.

What is your role, where are you based and what do you inspires you most about your work?
Founder – Seattle, WA. Doing what I love every day and living the life I want to live.

Was there anything in your past that pointed you in the direction you’ve taken?
I was extremely involved in sports and highly active. My mom said I ran around with my hair on fire.

KOMO News Interview about TruAthlete (Photo Credit: Nate Riley)

KOMO News Interview about TruAthlete (Photo Credit: Nate Riley)

What experience in your career are you most proud of?
I produced a film in 2012, own a wedding services business called Luxe Co and TruAthlete.

What advice would you share with those still in school?
Live your dream. Anything is attainable if you put your mind to it and live your passion. Start a business while still in school doing something fun, and build from that. You only live life once, so live it up!

Why is giving back is important to you?

We all come from different backgrounds and have overcome, or will have to overcome some sort of adversity. Non-profits provide support to get struggling people or entities through those struggles, whatever that might be. Health, fitness, lifestyle, research, development, etc.

How has giving back helped you?
It has helped me because I shed light and provide exposure to those non-profits. Create more awareness. If I could help every NPO I would.

How do you incorporate giving back into your life?
Providing referrals and contacts to others. What goes around comes around.

(Photo Credit: Brian Abbey)

(Photo Credit: Brian Abbey)

Which charities are near and dear to you and why?
Redeeming Soles – everyone needs shoes. Charity Water – everyone needs water.

When it comes to your own philanthropic efforts, what do you look back and feel made the largest impact on those that you set out to help?
Redeeming Soles. Providing media exposure and having consumers provide shoes to homeless and less fortunate.

What is the most creative fundraising idea you’ve come across?
Not sure about this one…

What are some must-attend charity events for you?
Spotlight on Seattle
, White Party, and Winter Ball.

What brands do you wear most often?

Nike. No competition.

What is your favorite beauty product?
Hair product.

How would you describe your home décor?
Needs better upkeep hehe.

What is your secret for hosting a great party?
Celebrity athletes.

Favorite food:
Spicy chicken teriyaki.

Favorite cocktail:
Rum and Coke.

(Photo Credit: Travers Dow)

(Photo Credit: Travers Dow)

Favorite restaurant:
Depends on the season… Azul, Buffalo Wild Wings and Wing Dome.

If you could host a dinner party for 8, who would you invite living or dead?
Mom, Dad, Russell Wilson, Grandma, Grandpa, Pete Carroll, Mark Zuckerberg, Denzel Washington

Favorite vacation spot:
Mexico

Do you have any tips for parents?
Let your kids have a mind of their own and grow that way. Create discipline, but sometimes let them crash or fail on their own. College can be great, it can also be devastating.

Favorite TV show:
Dexter, Walking Dead, anything ESPN, NFL Network, MLB Network, Family Guy

Favorite movie:
Dark Knight

Favorite song:
How to Save a Life

Favorite book:
How to Win Friends and Influence People.

Nate with former Seattle Seahawks safety, Lawyer Milloy and Ashley Hankins (Photo Credit: Nate Riley)

Nate with former Seattle Seahawks safety, Lawyer Milloy and Ashley Hankins (Photo Credit: Nate Riley)

Favorite apps:
Messages, Facebook, Google Drive, Bleacher Report, Google Maps, Mail, Music

iPhone or Android:
iPhone (c’mon!)

Favorite workout:
Cardio as of late.

Where do you get your news?
Facebook, apps, twitter, friends.

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