This archived article was written by: Jill Schaugaard
Curt Snelgrove is a 6-foot 3-inch freshman from Kamas, Utah. He is the fourth of five children with three sisters and one brother. More than anyone else, he loves his nephew and two nieces.
He is drawn to the outdoors where he enjoys four-wheeling, the mountains and especially spending time with his dad. “Spending time with my dad was the biggest reason I picked up hunting and fishing.” Soccer, racquetball and service are also things Snelgrove enjoys in his spare time. His favorite ice cream, not to anyone’s surprise, is any kind of Snelgrove’s, except superman.
In high school, Snelgrove was actively involved in theater. He was the lead in “Bye Bye Birdie” his freshman year. His favorite part, however, was as a senior in the “Canterville Ghost.” They were able to bring in elementary school students and teach them about theater and how to build sets. The purpose was to get the children excited about theater and hopefully, one day, take part in it.
Snelgrove is majoring in physical therapy, where he wants to someday rehabilitate bodily injuries. He would eventually like to transfer to the University of Utah’s physical therapy program, but is thinking about going to Weber State or Utah State first.
Service is a big part of Snelgrove’s life. He said, “I have been helped in so many ways by service that it has influenced me to serve. I have also seen the same effect take place in the lives of others. They, and I, have become better people because of it.”
Snelgrove is a SUN Center leader over the Kids at Heart project. They meet every Tuesday at 3 p.m. in the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center. The group travels to the low-income housing behind Wal-Mart, where they play with children in the park and play area to give their parents a break. The group is looking for a place to take the children to play when it gets too cold outside. “It’s a mentoring program that is lots of fun and well worth the time.”
Seeing the joy and happiness come into the lives of people is what motivates Snelgrove. He loves the thought of people becoming better because of something he is doing now.
One of Snelgrove’s favorite quotes states, “He who gives money gives much. He who gives time gives more, but he who gives of himself, gives all.” It is a concept that he strives for and applies to his everyday life. Two of his greatest accomplishments were attaining his Eagle Scout Award and serving a mission for the LDS Church in McAllen, Texas. It was in McAllen where he became bilingual and learned Spanish.
Snelgrove’s enthusiasm for life, ambition and willingness to serve gives everyone a taste of what really is better than ice cream … a big heart.