Don “Pete” Petersen Spirit Award 2018

We have been asked by the family of Pete Petersen to publish this notice. Please remember that this award is made by Pete’s family and not the basketball league.

“It’s that time again ….
Looking for deserving candidates for the Don “Pete” Petersen Spirit Memorial Award. It was Pete’s wish to establish an award of $1000.00 annually to be given to a graduating student continuing post- secondary education who has a history with the Pete Petersen Basketball league formally known as the Knights of Columbus Basketball League.
Candidates must possess accomplishments in community volunteer work, school activities, academics, and have promising career aspirations making a difference in the lives of others as he did !
visit the Don “Pete” Petersen Memorial award Facebook page for our story ..
Application must be emailed / mailed or dropped off to
Bridget Walker-Payne C/O Walker-Payne Insurance @ 1335 Princess St., Kingston, Ontario, K7M3E3, or email by June 25th, 2018.
• Application Deadline: Monday June 25th, 2018 @ 5:00pmET • Recipient notification by email or Mail or Phone June 29th, 2018.

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Annual League Golf Tournament

The annual Don “Pete” Petersen Memorial Golf Tournament is on Friday June 22 at the Glen Lawrence Golf and Country Club. Deadline for entry is this Friday June 15. Cost is $100 per player and includes 1/2 cart, green fees, meal and prize table. If you want to join us for the meal only, the cost is $20. We are still looking for prizes if you cannot attend but would like to donate a prize for the prize table. See the upcoming events notice tab here for how to enter a team.

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Queen’s School of Kinesiology Looking for Study Participants.

We have been approached by Alexandra Walters from the Queen’s School of Kinesiology looking for players 11-17 to participate in a study that she is conducting. Here is her introduction and contact information, as well as a poster for the study. We have partnered with the school of Kinesiology in the past for their research work, so we hope that you will support this study as well. Note that there is a financial incentive as well.

“Dear parents and guardians,

The Revved Up Research Group within the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies is calling for youth (ages 10-17 years) to participate in an ongoing research project. This project is focused on physical activity promotion for children and youth using evidence-based guidelines.

In brief, the commitment is a one-time appointment where your child comes into the lab space for approximately 60 minutes and participates in some eye-tracking activities and completes a survey. As compensation, $15 cash is provided.

If this study seems of interest, please email for more information.

On behalf of the Revved Up Research Group, thank you.”

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Calista Payne

Congratulations to former player and volunteer Calista Payne on winning the Juel/Juel Prep Community Service Award as well as the Mackenzie Curran Inspirational Award over the weekend. Special recognition for one of our volunteers making a difference.

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New York Times Article

I came across this very interesting article from the New York Times in a tweet from Queen’s Professor Jean Cote last night. It speaks to the importance of children playing a variety of sports to avoid injuries, burnout and drop out.

Here is the link to paste in your browser:



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Yesterday we received a significant donation from former player Ben Hawkins to help support the league. Ben is the grandson of the late Joe Hawkins, a long time Kingston City councillor, local sports supporter, and along with Don Petersen, a member of the Kingston and District Sports Hall of Fame. With the donation was a note that read in part

““A neat memory popped into my mind recently since I first reached out to you. One summer during my years attending St. Pat’s elementary, i was messing around with a basketball on the hoops at the back of the school, when suddenly a door opened from a change room and out popped Pete’s head. On two occasions that summer, he invited me into the gym to practice free throws. He said that everything else could be practiced on any old net, but to practice free throws in a gym was a true luxury. He’d leave me there in the gym for the afternoon and go about his custodial duties, returning periodically to check-in on me and watch. He’d be sure to offer his best advice if he saw me struggling. I’ll never forget that.

I have many fond memories like that of Pete, and many fond memories of playing in the K of C League. I have even more memories of my grandfather Joe, and all of the times I spent with him, helping with the Kids 4 Kids Hockey Tournament, among other things. I learned a lot from both of them, and I ask that you please accept this donation in memory of Joe Hawkins and Pete Petersen, two of the most selfless and hard working men I’ve known. I know it will be put to good use.

Another thing I’ll never forget is the slideshow at the banquet each year. For me, that was pretty special. Thanks for the great memories.”

Thank you Ben for remembering us, and for believing in what we do.

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Kingston and District Sports Hall of Fame

Last night I had the distinct pleasure of attending the annual induction dinner for the five newest members of the Kingston and District Sports Hall of Fame at the Ramada Inn. What a great night to celebrate sports in Kingston with a room packed with former inductees and sports people across generations there to support the 2018 inductees Ross Cameron (Sailing), Hank Kelly (Hockey and Baseball), Bruce Landon (Hockey), Mike McCullough (Football), and Alec Murray (Basketball). Congratulations to all of you for your lifetimes of contribution to sport in Kingston! RB

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Ontario Volunteer Service Awards

Last night one of the 47 Ontario Volunteer Service Awards recognition events that will be held this year around the province took place in Kingston and we were fortunate enough to have eight of our league volunteers recognized with awards for their various lengths of service. Each year the province allows organizations to nominate up to six adults and three youth volunteers for recognition, and this year our youth volunteers were Taylor Young and Megan Major-Thompson, and our adult volunteers were Matt Charlton, Paul Medeiros, Stephanie Charlton, Louise Frink, Laurie Leeman and Mary Willing. In total at the event volunteers were recognized for 1177 years of volunteering and our group represented 58 of those years. Our thanks to the province for holding these events to recognize the impact that volunteers have on the communities in Ontario, and our congratulations to our volunteers and their families for making such a positive impact to the children in our league.

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Humboldt Broncos

I have found myself thinking constantly the last two days about the Humboldt Broncos players and their families, as well as the people that know and love them. They were a team in the true sense of the word, and the reaction of the sports community everywhere in Canada and beyond our borders shows that they were part of so much more than that. They are part of the extended family that includes every player, coach, team official, referee, parent and fan that has ever climbed aboard a bus, whether it was a highway coach or a yellow racer school bus, a van, a car or a taxi and set out from home to participate in a sporting event. Regardless of which sport any of us have been involved in, thousands of the groups listed above have been on the road and in the air every week pursuing a dream or simply doing what they love to do ever since our games have been played. It is this common pursuit that binds us all and makes this tragedy so much more personal for those involved in sports. My condolences to the families of those that are gone, and my hope for a speedy recovery for those in hospital. For everyone travelling for sports, you now have extra guardian angels watching over you that were taken far too soon. RB

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Don “Pete” Petersen Memorial Golf Tournament

Date: Friday June 22, 2018.

Place: Glen Lawrence Golf Club, 2022 HWY 2

This fund raising event for the basketball league is an 8 am shotgun start.

The cost is $100 per player, and includes a shared cart, green fees, full course chicken dinner and a prize table.

To register please contact Rick Hollywood at 613-539-6765 ,, or Pat Adams at 613-770-2265,


Cheques made payable to the Pete Petersen Basketball League. etransfers can be sent to (password: basketball)

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