In Chapter 14 of 18 in his 2011 Capture Your Flag interview with host Erik Michielsen, public affairs and communications strategist Matt Curtis answers "How Is Learning to Play Petanque Giving You a New Way to Learn From Others?" Curtis gets into the game an enjoys not only the strategy but also the camaraderie that comes with playing around positive-minded people. By playing petanque, he meets local French residents and gets to learn strategic game elements from an older group of experienced players. Curtis is the communications director for Austin mayor Lee Leffingwell. Curtis' charity work includes affiliations with Capital Area Food Bank, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Students of the World, the Rainforest Project and the Art Alliance. In 2011, Curtis won "Austinite of the Year" in the Austin Under 40 Awards. He earned his bachelor's degree in radio, television and film from the University of North Texas.