Meet the Courtneys

June 2018 Family in Focus Spectator Magazine

“My wife and I are very appreciative to call Coral Springs home,“ says resident Bobby Courtney. After three new homes in less than 12 years, he and Gretchen agree that this is one of their favorite places to be. Their three children are son Breylynn, 11, and daughters Gyensynn, 8, and Iyralynn, 6. The children all attend classes at Country Hills Elementary. Breylynn likes math and PE the most. Gyensynn enjoys art and math, and Iyralynn prefers art and music above her other kindergarten subjects.

Bobby is the Vice President of Aviation at an executive airport in Opa Locka. Gretchen is a Stay-at-Home Mom and Health and Wellness Consultant with a nutritional company.

All three of the Courtney children are involved in community sports. Breylynn is a teammate with the Florida Pokers 11u Travel Baseball, is part of North Springs Little League Baseball, and also enjoys playing flag football. Gyensynn is with North Springs Little League Baseball and also plays soccer. Iyralynn is also part of North Springs Little League Baseball and also loves being on a soccer team.

In keeping with the “active family“ description, Bobby coaches North Springs Little League Baseball for all 3 kids, North Springs Little League All-Star Baseball, and Flag Football. During the school year, Gretchen stays involved in PTA at Country Hills Elementary and is Room Mom in two classes at Country Hills.  She also plays on a Parkland Tennis team at Quigley Tennis Center.

Together, this warm and loving family especially enjoys playing outside, board games, swimming, fishing, beach time, movies, vacations, and just being silly together. They also like that they are close enough to visit Orlando, Miami, the Keys, and the West Coast of Florida for weekend getaways.

“What we value most, is our friendships.,” Bobby says. “We have met some incredible families who have become our “family” here in Coral Springs.” Gretchen adds, “Family time was a strong core value in my home growing up. Today, I still strongly believe in family time and incorporate it within our home. When we are at home, we eat dinner at the table together.”

Bobby continues, “The baseball community, has provided my family the “roots” we have been missing and left behind. We relocated in 2013 and the first year was tough; however, the community invests so much in the youth programs we quickly became invested. Thanks to my three very outgoing, talented children we made friends through school, sports, and local establishments. This community cares so much for its children and never more evident than after the Parkland tragedy. Coral Springs/Parkland are very safe and we are thankful to those who protect it.”

The Courtney family attends services at Church by the Glades.