Tim Adams spent 12 years as a journalist for CBC, but in July he quit to run his charity full time. His charity is called Free Footie and it provides free, inclusive play for 4,000 vulnerable kids in Edmonton each year. Most of the kids are refugees, newcomers or Indigenous. Free Footie’s main sport is soccer, but they’ve recently branched out into street hockey and basketball. This year Free Footie is also adding programs for older youth who have graduated from playing to come back as a referee or coach.It’s Sunday morning, what are you having for breakfast?Pancakes with peanut butter – carbs, carbs, carbs! Praise carbs JIf you didn’t do what you do for a living, what would you be?Firefighter or “professionally retired” would be cool. Seriously though, I’m pretty happy seeing where I can take Free Footie in the next year, but I’ve always dreamed of being involved at bigger level so I can advocate for kids across the country or around the world. Kids everywhere should be free to play. Maybe, I’ll get a call from FIFA or Hockey Canada one day JWho’s your hero?My mom. I’ve been through some pretty tough times in the last few years with my physical and mental health and she’s carried me and my two daughters through it.Last book you couldn’t put down?David and Goliath (underdogs, misfits, and the art of battling giants) by Malcolm Gladwell. It resonates. Sometimes you gotta fight.Who was your childhood celebrity crush?Oh…that’s hard. Always had a man crush on Kevin Costner. Can’t explain it, but probably because of the Body Guard.What’s playing in your iPod (CD, cassette or eight-track) right now?I’m listening to a lot of D’orjay (Tiffany Jackson). She’s a local country and gospel singer and she has the biggest, bravest and warmest voice. She’s a black woman with deep Alberta roots and is now trying to make country music more inclusive. I love that. The more stereotypes we break down the better. She’s also just an amazing human.If you could see one concert, what would it be?I’d relive one of the tragically hip concerts I went to in high school. I never knew how important those moments would be to a whole country.What’s the best thing about Edmonton?The people. If you want to make it, make it here. You’ll have a city that rallies around you – right from the mayor and city council to your neighbour, people on social media and local businesses. Edmontonian wants you to succeed.What’s your weirdest habit?Stroking my beard. It’s my safety blanket.What’s your biggest pet peeve?Internet trolls. Make a good point and I’ll listen, but be a jerk and I won’t.What’s your fast-food guilty pleasure?It’s not fast food, but chocolate covered almonds. I can eat a whole bag in a sitting and convince myself it’s healthy – because almonds, right?What was your most embarrassing moment?I skied a lot as a kid, which meant I wore tights. I did my first race in tights not knowing I needed long underwear underneath. “Things” get very cold.Which person, alive or dead, would you like to have dinner with?Just one? Hmm…. I’ll go with alive and Jason Kenney. My job at Free Footie is to serve marginalized youth, but also to try and change how we provide sport and opportunities to all kids. It doesn’t matter if you make $25,000 a year or $250,000, the way we do sport and recreation is completely broken. It cost way too much, we are all volunteering our lives away and rushing from activity to activity. I think Alberta can be a leader in sport and recreation while saving all families a load of money and loads of time.What’s your favourite vacation destination?Flights are so expensive, so I’m pretty in love with anywhere along the Icefields Parkway or the David Thompson Highway. You can get there in 4 hours and feel like you are in the middle of nowhere if you pick the right hikes. We do a terrible job of helping people see what is so close to home.What is your favourite TV show?Well, I have some guilty pleasures – I watch a lot of Spartacus and Designated Survivor. I don’t know what that says about my personality?What’s your dream car?As cliché as it sounds, I’d love to have an F150. I haul so much stuff around for Free Footie. It would also give me the freedom to get to the mountains and not worry about driving my little 2007 Toyota Yaris up a backroad as I weave through bogs and potholes. But…I’d also be pretty happy with a respectable bike. I love biking and my current ride doesn’t have breaks JIf you could have one super power, what would it be?Probably the power to make people listen. We don’t actually listen anymore. We live in echo chambers and just hear people with the same views as ours. The only way to snap the world out of this constant friction is for us to start listening.What’s the one thing you haven’t done that you’d love to do?Travel. It’s so expensive and time is so tight. I’d really love the freedom to meet more people.If we’re buying, you’re having…Anything from Biera, Transcend, District or PIP. Local shops making great food and tasty drinks. Oh, and I’d take a haircut at Barber Ha if you’re offering.What are your words to live by?“Be better.” My good friend Shelley Montemurro of Little Sweatshop says this all the time and I believe it. What’s stopping you from being better? The only thing in the way is you.