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2018 Alumni Scholarship Recipients

Friday, June, 15, 2018

This year, OFSAA’s Alumni Scholarship Association is awarding two $500 scholarships to deserving students from this year’s eligible Associations.  (CISAA, GHAC, NCSSAA & NWOSSAA). The Alumni Scholarship Association Selection Committee is pleased to announce that Sarah Martin from Redeemer Christian HS in Ottawa (NCSSAA) and Ben Zwolak from Cardinal Newman CSS in Stoney Creek (GHAC)  are this year’s recipients.

Sarah is a grade 12 student and is a six-sport athlete at Redeemer Christian who participated in  basketball, volleyball, golf, badminton, soccer and track & field during her high school career. She was also heavily involved in Student Council, Intramurals, Chapel and Girls’ Bible Study Activities as well as community events like the Metro Hoops Basketball Camp and the Ugandan Mile Fundraising campaign that raised $20000 for homeless boys’ this year alone. In her personal statement Sarah stated that “it has been through the support of my dedicated parents, teachers and friends that I have been able to achieve so much and receiving this award would be for them too.”  Sarah is an 85% + student as well and will be studying Nursing at the University of Ottawa in the fall. Please see Sarah's photo below.

Also a grade 12 student at Cardinal Newman, Ben is an excellent student as well, achieving an 87% average in his Grade 12 courses.  Ben will be studying Education at McGill University in the fall and will be a welcome addition to the teaching profession when he is done.  A five-sport athlete who played football, basketball, touch football, baseball and badminton, Ben used his significant organizational skills to be involved in many community related events as well. Activities like Newman feeder school basketball, Special Olympics, OFSAA Soccer, and Newman Youth Basketball, are just a few of the many volunteer roles that Ben undertook during his time at Cardinal Newman. During both the 2016 and 2017 school years, Ben was also part of a group that travelled to the Dominican Republic to build homes for citizens in need. Please see Ben's photo below.

Recipient Sarah Martin (far right)

Recipient Ben Zwolak (centre)

What People Are Saying About "The School Sport Effect" Video Series

Thursday, June, 14, 2018

What People Are Saying...

OFSAA is extremely pleased with the positive response to our recently-released four video series - The School Sport Effect. With the assistance of CLARK Marketing Communications, the project was led by OFSAA's Advocacy Committee. We welcome more feedback on this initiative and we hope that the videos will be utilized at school events, banquets or meetings led by school administrators, teacher-coaches and boards of education members. 

 

June Bulletin (2018)

Friday, June, 1, 2018

The 2018 spring edition of The Bulletin is now available!

Be sure to find your printed magazine at your school soon or simply go online here to catch up on the 2018-19 Championship Calendar, OFSAA programs, Championship reviews from this past winter, important dates ahead in the school year, and student recognition, among other newsworthy items.

New editions of The Bulletin are published in September, January and June.

2018 OFSAA Character Athlete Awards

Friday, June, 1, 2018

OFSAA's Character Athlete Award celebrates the efforts of the exceptional student-athletes in Ontario who best exemplify the characteristics that OFSAA is founded on.

Nominations come to the OFSAA office detailing the exceptional character of student-athletes from across the province. This year's recipients inspire those around them with their involvement on the playing field and in the classroom, in both school and community.

To learn more about the award and the process to apply please go to http://www.ofsaa.on.ca/recognition/scholarships/character-athlete-award

Selecting just one female and one male winner from the over 50 submissions is a difficult task, but these two individuals stood out for their commitment to OFSAA's values of leadership, equity, respect and sportsmanship. Each winner will receive a $1,000 grant from Jostens and a commemorative plaque to recognize this outstanding achievement.

2017-18 Female Recipient:

CHLOE E. JAKOB

Chloe is a grade 11 student at Leamington District Secondary School in Leamington, Ontario.

In just her first three years in high school, Chloe’s accomplishments in the community and her school’s athletic program are extremely impressive. In early May, she won gold in the C Flight at OFSAA Badminton and she is a member of the school’s strong softball team this spring.

Chloe’s standout play on the Junior and Senior Volleyball team earned her the Rising Star Award in Grade 9 and Team Captain and Sportsmanship Award in Grade 10.

Chloe excels at badminton. She went undefeated in Girls Doubles in Grade 10 and won county ECSSAA/SWOSSAA in Grade’s 9 and 10. For her performance and dedication, she earned the MVP Award in both Grade 9 and 10 and she was also named the school’s Junior Female Athlete of the Year in 2017.

As a student on the honour roll, Chloe has the following certifications: Lifesaving Society Bronze Cross, Bronze Medallion, Standard First Aid, Emergency First Aid, High Five—Principals of Healthy Child Development, Pleasure Craft Operators (Boating), NCCP course coaching athletes with disabilities and Ontario Baseball Umpire Level 2.3.

Chloe currently serves on the Corporation of the Municipality of Leamington’s Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee as the voice of youth and Youth Empowerment. Chloe volunteers weekly with the Special Olympics Ontario local swim team and she works part-time as a Youth Program staff member with the Corporation of the Town of Leamington. Chloe has also participated in the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada walk for several years. 

A member of the NCCP, Chloe has completed the Coaching Athletes with Disability course and she serves as a volunteer coach for the Leamington-Essex Warriors Special Olympics swim team.

Congratulations on the OFSAA Character Athlete Award for 2017-18, Chloe!

 

2017-18 Male Recipient:

BEN ZWOLAK

Ben is a grade 12 student at Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School in Stoney Creek, Ontario.

Ben has been an active participant across several sports throughout his high school career.

After playing for the Midget basketball team, Ben would go on to play Junior and Senior football, basketball and badminton. His athletic prowess led him to a spot on the Varsity baseball and touch football squads as well.

In the community, Ben is a two-year member of a program called D.R.E.A.M.S. (Dominican Republic Educational and Medical Supplies). Ben and this student group made two trips to rural Dominican Republic and provided building supplies and helped in the building a home for a needy family.

Ben is an enthusiastic coach/manager of the Special Olympics program. Here he has forged friendships with the school’s students with developmental exceptionalities by attending events and coaching the school’s Special Olympians.

Ben takes time out to coach a youth house league team in the school’s Saturday Newman Youth Basketball program and he is also a Summer Camp Counsellor at Cardinal Newman. He also holds this role at two other local community summer camps.

Ben’s leadership was recognized in 2017 when he was the recipient of the Jeff Dickins Memorial Award. This distinction was earned from his excellence in sport, the classroom and in the community.

An honour roll student in each year of high school, Ben is a reliable volunteer as a referee for feeder school tournaments.  

Congratulations on the OFSAA Character Athlete Award for 2017-18!

 

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Nominate A Young Person For The Lincoln M. Alexander Award

Friday, April, 20, 2018

Every year since 1993, the Government of Ontario has presented the Lincoln M. Alexander Award to honour up to three young Ontarians who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in contributing to the elimination of racial discrimination in Ontario.

Please submit a nomination for a young person whom you believe to be deserving of recognition for the Lincoln M. Alexander Award. Recipients will be recognized at a special ceremony and receive a cash prize of $5,000 and a framed certificate. The nominations can be submitted under the following two categories.

*Community

*Student

To submit a nomination for this award:

1. Visit ontario.ca/honoursandawards.

2. Select the Inclusion category.

3. Click on Lincoln M. Alexander Award.

4. Download the PDF form.

5. Read the eligibility criteria and instructions carefully.

6. Fill out the form and submit it no later than May 31, 2018. Instructions for submitting your nominations package can be found on the website.

If you have any questions, please call 416-314-7526, toll free 1-877-832-8622 or TTY 416-327-2391, or email ontariohonoursandawards@ontario.ca.

Thank you.

OBA Calling On Students To Try Officiating

Tuesday, April, 17, 2018

 

#GrabAWhistle and Give Officiating a Try This Summer!

 

Ontario Basketball (OBA) is calling on high school and post-secondary student-athletes to #GrabAWhistle and give officiating a try this summer!

Ontario Association of Basketball Officials (OABO) is running two introductory officiating development camps for individuals with limited or no officiating experience in July at Georgian College in Barrie.

Ideal candidates for this camp are:

  • Between the ages of 15 and 25;
  • Currently playing or have played basketball at the high school level, OBA level or higher; and
  • Have no officiating experience.

Other assets include being in good physical condition and having a desire to learn and a keen interest in exploring the possibility of becoming a basketball official. Some knowledge of FIBA rules is helpful but not necessary.

Officials who have just completed their first year of officiating with a local OABO board are also welcome to register for the camp, however, they should be aware that it is a very basic camp that stresses the development of fundamental skills rather than game officiating.

The camp will consist of a series of classroom sessions as well as the opportunity to officiate 3×3, 4×4, and 5×5 games. These games will focus on development, not on winning, which will provide a positive, non-threatening environment for the officiating camp participants to develop their understanding of the rules and the skills required to become an official. Attending this camp will give individuals who want to join a local officiating board in the fall an excellent head start.

Enrolment is limited to 18 officials at each camp to allow for personal attention from the staff, which includes current and former OUA officials as well as OABO Provincial Evaluators.

These camps sell out every year, so don’t delay. Register now!

Full camp details are below.

OABO Novice Officiating Development Camp

Camp #1 Date: July 16–18
Camp #2 Date: July 19–21

Location: Georgian College, Barrie

Cost: $50 (non-refundable), which includes two nights’ accommodation, meals, video taping, camp t-shirt, Fox 40 whistle and camp evaluation

Register now!

Methods of Payment:

  1. Cheque made payable to “OABO Development Camp” and mailed to: Bruce Covert, Box 678, Colborne, ON, K0K 1S0
  2. E-transfer to Bruce Covert.

Note: Once payment is received, applicants will be notified by e-mail of their acceptance into the camp. An applicant’s registration is not confirmed until payment has been received.

ContactBruce Covert

Molten Soccer Ball Promo Offer

Friday, February, 23, 2018

The official soccer ball sponsor of OFSAA, Molten, invites you to take advantage of this special promotional offer.

Buy 3 and get 1 FREE on the Molten F5G4800 Soccer Ball, the official soccer ball of OFSAA! 

Refer to the Molten flyer directly below and take advantage now! 

 

 

OFSAA Conference Registration

Friday, February, 2, 2018

DON'T MISS OUT...ACT NOW! Register today at https://ofsaa.myshopify.com/

The first-ever 2018 OFSAA CONFERENCE will take place on May 10 & 11, 2018 at Humber College.

The 2018 OFSAA CONFERENCE is the place to be for teacher-coaches, athletic directors and physical education teachers. Under Armour T-shirts provided to participants by Marchants.

For more information, please contact Denise Perrier, Manager of Programs, OFSAA, at denise@ofsaa.on.ca or (416) 426-7436.

To find out more about the conference's area of focus, please click here.

Research Study Underway

Wednesday, January, 24, 2018

The University of Ottawa is conducting a research study concerning life skills development through high school sport. OFSAA supports this research as we strive to promote the educational benefits that student-athletes can gain from high school sport.

The study for teacher-coaches consists of completing an online questionnaire at three time points over a six-week timespan. The questionnaire takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, for a total of 30 minutes. In addition, coaches may be asked to complete an online life skills training workshop (90 minutes) and to provide their opinion on the workshop.

Coaches who complete the survey at all three time points will be eligible to win 1 of 2 iPad Mini 4 (value $549.00).

Interested participants can simply enter at the link below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScbwtO1W_pEpgH1COhgAI-cmOrflO9r...

 

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