Registration 2019

It is hard to believe, but Registration for the 2019-2020 season, our 65th season of operation, is ONLY 63 sleeps away. That should really be 62 1/2 sleeps because the last one will be a short one! In case you missed it, here are the details:

When: Saturday September 7, 2019

Where: St Francis of Assisi Catholic School

Time: 9 -10:30 am

Cost: $10 for the season

Ages: Girls 8-14; Boys 8-15 – all ages are the age the player will be on April 1, 2020.

Game Nights: Monday nights: Biddy Division(boys 11-12) at St. Francis of Assisi; Graduate Division (boys 13-15) at Ecole Cathedrale
Tuesday Nights: Little Guys Division (boys 8-10) at St. Francis of Assisi
Wednesday Nights: Girls Division (girls 11-14) at St. Francis of Assisi
Thursday Nights: Little Gals Division (girls 8-10) at St. Francis of Assisi

There is no pre-registration or on line registration. Registration is first come, first served.

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Pete Petersen Caps are Now Available!

Wondering what to wear around town to shade your eyes and keep the sun off the top of your head this summer? Looking for that really early stocking stuffer for Christmas for a current or former player? Want to support the league? We now have caps available in adult and youth sizes for only $15. If you can’t wait for registration contact us at roland.billings@sympatico.ca to arrange getting one now!

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Don “Pete” Petersen Spirit Award Winners Announced

Don “Pete” Petersen Spirit Award Winners Announced
It is fitting that today the 2019 recipients of the Don “Pete” Petersen Spirit Award Winners are being announced by his family. Here is the posting from the Award Facebook page.
“Five years have passed, but your basketball dream still holds strong!
Congratulations to this years recipients of the Don “PETE” Petersen Spirit Memorial Award: Zoe McAuley, Miles Brackenbury, Megan Major-Thompson, and Colin Bowman. Four excellent examples of past players and volunteers making a difference in the lives of others in our community today and the future of tomorrow.
Congratulations!”
I could not agree with their comments more. Zoe, Miles, Megan and Colin are perfect examples of players from Pete’s league that have selflessly given their time for many years to make our league, and our community a better place. All of us are very proud to have you as members of the league family. Wherever your studies take you, know that if your journey brings you back to Kingston we will welcome you home.

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Remembering Don Petersen

On July 3, 2014 Don Petersen passed away. His passing left a hole in the hearts of many in our community because we lost a mentor, a friend, a family member, a sounding board, a neighbour and a leader. He was a devout man of deep religious convictions, but was also a humble man that believed in the goodness of people. He was simply a good and decent man that was loved by all that came to know him. Sixty five years ago this fall he started a small basketball program for the children at St. Pat’s and in the neighbourhood around the school – his neighbourhood. He was 17 years old at the time. Let that last statement sink in. He was 17 years old at the time he started the program that became what we have today. A league with more than 500 participants annually with more than 100 volunteers counted in that number, providing a safe environment where children now in our greater community can still have a safe place to learn how much fun the game of basketball can be. We owe Don “Pete” Petersen a debt of gratitude that can best be paid by continuing to try and live up to his vision and his legacy. As our banner says – “It started with the dream of one man”. Thanks for having that dream Don.

We miss him for his wit, his laugh, his hugs and handshakes, and his advice. I came across a quote from Dr Suess this spring. It said “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” May any of you that knew Don Petersen remember that quote today, and every time you think of the man we knew as Pete.

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North Wall Padding at Ecole Cathedrale Completed!

This week the installation of new 4 inch foam padding was completed along the entire north wall of the gym at Ecole Cathedrale. This project completes the padding of both ends of the gym started last season by the league, and supported by the school and the ALCDSB. The padding will increase player safety for our athletes and for those at the school. Our thanks to David DeSantis, Nienke Hodemann and Leah Neff from the board for their unwavering support of what we proposed, to the staff at the school for working around the installation schedule, and to Mario and the installation crew from Sports Systems Canada for making the wall padding a reality. Here are the before and after photos of the north end padding completed this week

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Congratulations Katie Spicer!

Today we learned that Katie Spicer was the recipient of the Don Pete Petersen Award at the Regiopolis Graduation. Set up the ALCDSB in honour of Don Petersen many years ago, the award recognizes a graduating student within the board that has made a contribution to the basketball league. Katie was a volunteer with us for many years and we are very happy to see her be recognized by the board and the school. Katie plans on attending St. Lawrence in the fall so hopefully her schedule will allow her to continue making a difference in our community either with us, or some other local organization that will be as glad to have her as we have been.

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Golf Tournament Update

What a great day today for the annual Pete Petersen Memorial Golf Tournament! Our thanks to the efforts of the league committee in planning the details of the event, the great co-operation of the Amherstview golf club ownership and staff in hosting the event, and the enthusiasm of the 89 golfers that participated. Today $3313 was raised to help cover the cost of league operations for next season. A special shout out too to Nikki Irwin for taking photos around the course today. We appreciate the support of so many people and businesses that allow us to continue to give the children in our community the opportunity to safely learn how much fun the game of basketball can be, just as Pete intended.

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League Golf Tournament

With all the excitement around the Toronto Raptors, you may have forgotten to enter your team for the upcoming Pete Petersen Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday June 21st at the Amherstview Golf Club. Don’t worry! We are still taking teams up until Friday June 14th. To enter please contact Rick Hollywood at 613-539-6765 rhollywood29@gmail.com or Pat Adams at 613-770-2265 – padams66@hotmail.ca. Cost is $100 per player and includes green fees, a shared cart, meal and prize table and fees must be paid by June 14th to secure your place in the tournament.

If you would just like to join us for the meal, the cost is $20, and also must be confirmed by June 14th.

See you there!

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Don “Pete” Petersen Spirit Memorial Award

We have been asked to post this notice from the family of Don Petersen

“Keeping Pete’s dream alive… spread the word!
Looking for deserving candidates for the 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 Pete did. All are welcomed to apply now!

What is the Pete Petersen Spirit Memorial Award?

Don “Pete” Petersen Spirit Memorial Award –
This award has been established in memory of the late Donald “Pete” Petersen, founder of the Kingston Knights of Columbus Basketball League. Since 1955 the League has given the youth of Kingston, Ontario and the surrounding area the opportunity to learn the game of basketball under the “Just for the fun of it” atmosphere. Pete was a positive influence for tens of thousands of young people, inspiring many of them to stay with the league as volunteers long after their playing days.
To continue Pete’s lifetime legacy of giving to the community, the family has established an award of $1000.00 annually to be given to a graduating student continuing post-secondary education. This student must meet the criteria of having a history with the Knights of Columbus Basketball League, hold accomplishments in community and volunteer work, involvement in school activities, have high academics, promising career aspirations, and most importantly aspirations to make a difference in the lives of others, as he did!

Eligibility / Award Criteria :
Open to all graduating secondary school students entering college or university who:
• Have applied and been accepted to a recognized post-secondary education institution or an apprenticeship in a trade acceptable to the selection committee.
• Have played/volunteered at least three years with the Knights of Columbus Basketball League / Pete Petersen Basketball League.
• Submission of completed application, applicants high school transcript
• The award will not be released until the successful applicant provides proof of enrollment at the recognized post-secondary education institution, or an apprenticeship in a trade acceptable to the selection committee.
Application Process:
Annual applications will be accepted until the award value is exhausted.
• All applications must be completed in full and submitted by the application deadline in order to be considered by the selection committee.
• Applications can be picked up at any of the area high schools or at Walker-Payne Insurance 1335 Princess St, Kingston, Ontario. Info also at Facebook ; Don Pete Petersen Spirit Award
• Your 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 bridget@bridgetwalker-Payne.com by June 23rd, 2019.
• Application Deadline: Tuesday June 23rd, 2019 @ 5:00pmET
• Recipient notification by email or Mail or Phone June 29th, 2019.

Section A: Applicant Information

First name:
Last name:
Date of birth:
Current school:
Home address:
City:
Postal code:
Phone number(h) (c):
E-mail address:
Years involved in the Knights of Columbus Basketball League / Pete Petersen Basketball League.:

Section B:
Leadership and Volunteerism List the community service or school activities in which you have participated. Please attach or Enclose additional pages as required.
Name of organization or school initiative:
Years of involvement (from – to)
Time commitment (e.g. monthly/weekly/hours)
Is this a credited school course?
Yes No Did you receive pay, a wage or financial benefit for this activity?
Yes No
Explain the type of activities involved):
Name of organization or school initiative:
Years of involvement (from – to)
Time commitment (e.g. monthly/weekly/hours)
Is this a credited school course?
Yes No
Did you receive pay, a wage or financial benefit for this activity?
Yes No
Explain the type of activities involved):

Section C:
Volunteer Work and Community Service Summary
Summarize all of your community service volunteer work; please tell us about your experiences.
Please be sure to include:
• How and why you became involved with the organization or school initiative;
• Why you felt it was important;
• What sort of impact or contribution you made to your community;
• What impact the community service had on you

Section D:
Applicants Outlook
• The basketball league’s motto is “Just for the Fun of it” what would your motto be?
• How has your involvement with the Knights of Columbus influenced your outlook on Life?
Candidate’s Declaration
By submitting this application by email/mail, I declare and agree that all information that I have provided in my application is true, complete and accurate to the best of my knowledge.
I understand and agree that:
• My application information may be subject to verification.
• Application materials will not be returned.
Publication of Applicant Information
I agree to the publication of the name, secondary school, city/town, brief list of scholastic/athletic achievements, photograph and anticipated university/college and course of study of all successful applicants, in publications, websites, newsletters, and press releases to selected Canadian media outlets.
Students Name : ________________ Date: ________
If you have any questions regarding the application please email at Bridget@Bridgetwalker-payne.com or call 613-544-5445.
Thank-You

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Holy Name School

Last week our league representatives were invited to come to Holy Name School at Kingston Mills to participate in the unveiling of new basketball backboards and rims that had been installed at the school thanks to a grant from the Pittsburgh Community Benefit Fund and the school community council chaired by Nikki Irwin. It was great to attend and to see the work that had been done to ensure that there were baskets on both playgrounds, and that lines had been painted on the pavement as well to facilitate their use. The bottom line is this. Thanks to the hard work and commitment of these groups, and the support of the school and ALCDSB leadership, the children in the Holy Name community have a new place to play and learn how much fun being around a basketball court can be. Thanks for the invitation!

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