Golf Tournament Update

Our Annual Golf Tournament Fund Raising Event is coming up on Friday June 16 with an 8 am start at the Colonnade Golf and Country Club. Entry fee is $95 per player and includes green fees, two carts per foursome, a chicken dinner and prize table. This week we also learned that Braden Ford will be supplying a car as a prize for a Hole in One at a par 3 hole to be designated at the event. Our thanks to them for their support of what we do with the league. To enter a team, please contact either Roland Billings or Rick Hollywood before June 1.

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Garry LaVallee

Garry LaVallee was a great friend to Don Petersen, the founder of our league, and his grand daughter played in our program. Garry died on March 11 of this year, and a celebration of life is planned for Friday, May 12th, 2017, from 3:00pm – 6:00 pm
at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 560 at 734 Montreal Street.
Garry was an active sportsman during his playing career, and a strong believer in the benefits participation in sports had for children. When we put together the book of memories for Pete, Garry was quick to send us his memories of life growing up with Pete. Our condolences to Garry’s family. Donation details are available through the Simpler Times web site.

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National Volunteer Week

Today marks the official start to National Volunteer Week, a time when we should all pause to thank the volunteers in our community that make such a positive impact on the lives of those around us with no consideration for being paid for what they do. We are grateful to have had the tremendous group of dedicated volunteers over the years that believed in what Don Petersen was doing with his league, and that have joined in to continue to make that dream a reality. Today, and all this week, we will continue to post photos of volunteers past and present on our Facebook Page. We know that we don’t have photos of everyone that has volunteered, but the contributions of everyone that has coached, refereed, timed, scored, helped at a banquet, worked in the canteen, sold a ticket or a T shirt is appreciated and should be celebrated every day. Enjoy the photos being posted as we continue our look back at the league volunteers.

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Thank You St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus Council 11670!

On Wednesday we received a $1000 donation from the St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus Council to help us with league operations. Thank you for believing in what we do for the children in our community, and your trust that we will put your donation to good use to benefit our players.

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You DO Make a Diference

As we approach National Volunteer Week in two weeks, I thought it would be appropriate to share an article that was discovered in tweet a by Dr. Jean Cote from Queen’s University. It is something that all of our volunteers should read and remember. You DO have an impact on the lives of the children you interact with through our league. Your approach is critical to whether that is a positive impact. Here is the article by Jackie Bledsoe.

The Responsibility and Privilege of Coaching Youth Sports

Coaching youth sports may seem like an easy job, but with great privilege comes great responsibility.

By Jackie Bledsoe
Coaching youth sports over the past several years has been one of my best experiences. Although my dad was a youth sports coach, and my brother was a coach at the collegiate level, I never thought I would coach. I thought, “no chance!” Now I’m hooked and realize what great responsibility comes with it, and what a privilege it is.
How coaching began for me
I will never forget the first time I signed up to coach. I only signed up because my daughter was playing, and they didn’t have enough parent volunteers. I remember thinking, “how did I get into this?” The first task was to attend a coaches training hosted by the YMCA director. A training for coaching 6-7 year olds, why was this necessary? When we sat down, there were some parents who looked like they never played a sport in their lives, and others who looked like they lived in the gym or could have run a marathon prior to coming.
Putting perspective on coaching youth sports
When the training started we watched some videos, which looked like they were from the 70s and 80s. My thoughts were why are we watching this corny stuff. It felt like a total waste of time, and I was ready to go. Then, as the videos were stopped the trainer brought it all into perspective. He said something like this:
Coaching youth sports is very important. It may not seem like much right now, but you will have an impact on these kids which will last a lifetime. You will help shape the way they live their lives. They will never forget you, and you will always be ‘coach’ to them.
The ‘light bulb’ moment
That is when it hit me. This isn’t a waste of time, it isn’t corny. The trainer went on to say how the kids will see you in the community years later, and walk up to you calling you, “coach.” That took me back to my days playing youth sports, and my dad coaching. I still run into people to this day who share with me the impact my dad had on them as a coach. Over thirty years later the impact he had through coaching us and our friends is still there. That is a tremendous responsibility, but an even greater privilege.
• Your interaction can help build or tear down a child’s character
• You may be the only positive influence they have in their life
• You may be the coach that sparked the love of the game for a future superstar athlete
• You set the bar for how a coach should interact with a player
• You show them what it is to be accountable to those who depend on you
• You teach them sportsmanship in winning and losing, which will help them handle success or failure in life
• You show the importance of physical activity and how fun it is staying active in life
Passing the baton…one coach to the next
You may be at the beginning of your youth sports coaching “career” or reluctantly considering it. Let my story encourage you to fully accept it, and all it brings. It is one of life’s great responsibilities and privileges.

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The Five Guys Totals Are In!

We just received a notification from the Five Guys Marketing Group that we brought in enough business last night to get a $260 donation to the league Five Guys. Add to that $70 in personal donations made during the evening, and the event has generated $330 for the league. For all of you that came out last night and promoted the event on your networks, thank you for believing in what we do in the community, and thank too to Five Guys for their support of the communities in which they operate.

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Five Guys Event

What a great night last night at the Five Guys Burgers and Fries location on Gardiners Road! Great food and fantastic service by Tom and the staff at the restaurant kept the crowd moving and the atmosphere light. Our thanks to everyone that came out to the event for our league, and a special thanks to the crew at Firehall Station 7 for having their dinner with us to support what we do in the community. We are able to operate as we do because of the support of the local business community and the families that continue to believe in what we do for children and families in Kingston. As soon as the total raised is known I will get it posted.

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Today is the Day!

Wednesday March 29 – Dine to Donate at Five Guys Burgers and Fries on Gardiners Road starts at 5:30 tonight, where $1 from every burger sold between 5:30 and 8:30 will come back to the league. Tell your friends, tell your relatives, tell your friends relatives to come out for a delicious burger and support our league at the same time. See you there!

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Past Award Winners

The past award winners tab on the web site (click the “about us” tab on the menu bar and you will see the “Past Award Winners” tab) has been updated. You now can browse to look at the past award winners that we have records of up to and including this season. Free Throw and Two Ball Tournament winners have not been added yet, but all other awards are there.

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Toronto Dominion Bank Donation

This week we were presented a cheque by the Toronto Dominion Bank for $1000 to help us in the work that we do with the youth in the city. Thank you TD for believing in our program and the dream that Don “Pete” Petersen had of providing a safe and affordable place for the children of his community to learn the game of basketball. This donation goes a long way to allowing us to continue to make that dream a reality! We are happy to add The Toronto Dominion Bank to our list of sponsors on our web site.

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