KENNESAW, GA – May 30, 2012 – Orasi Software CEO Nick Kavadellas spent last Thursday on the links at Towne Lake Hills Golf Club bringing attention to Kell High School’s athletic program and raising funds for the school’s football team. In 2002, Kell’s assistant coach, Johnny Caldwell, contacted Nick, his former Quarterback at Sprayberry High School, asking for coaching assistance in the junior program. Since that time, Nick has served as Director and Head Coach of the junior program at Kell.
Orasi Software has used its contacts and community outreach to support fundraising efforts, bringing in special guests that include Jonathan Dwyer, who played at Kell, Georgia Tech and is currently a running back for Pittsburgh Steelers; and Brian Randolph, who played at Kell, was 2010-2011 Gatorade Player of the Year in Georgia and now starts for the Tennessee Vols.
“’Kell’s angel’ as Coach (Derek Cook) calls him. I tell you what, the guy loves kids. (Nick is) in charge of the youth football program for Cobb County and runs a multi-million dollar business. I don’t know how he has time for anything,” said GPB sports announcer, Dave Hunter, during the 2011 Marist vs. Kell playoff game. “He’s got three daughters and none of them went to Kell. He doesn’t have a son in any of these football programs, he just loves football. Nick Kavadellas is what our society ought to be all about.”
Nick received the 2011 Cobb Volunteer of the Year award in recognition of his work at Kell and the creation of the Cobb Football League (CFL); the official high school feeder youth football and cheer program of Cobb County. Participants are in grades K – 5th and play for the high school district they reside in. Nick founded the Cobb Football League in 2011 and is currently the president.
“Giving time back to the community is of utmost importance to me and Orasi. Football is a great character builder in terms of teamwork and discipline,” says Nick. “Football is the ultimate team sport that instills many important life values in these young men.” Many of Orasi’s core values stem from football, including: teamwork, leadership, professionalism, passion, accountability and integrity.
Prior to the creation of the CFL, Nick contacted a friend and colleague, Jim Arnold, about allowing Kell to participate in the Cherokee Youth Football Association.
“Nick has been a friend, work associate and volunteer partner of mine for close to 20 years. I am happy to have helped Nick and team in launching the Kell youth program which lead to an expansion across Cobb County,” said Jim Arnold, Orasi’s Vice President of Strategic Accounts. “Nick has a passion for football and the great things it can do to for young people across their lives. He is a great asset to the community and we need more people like him to help mold to future of our youth.”