KW YBA Volunteer Award goes to Rob Sutherland
The KW Youth Basketball Association is proud to name Rob Sutherland as the recipient of its Volunteer of the Year Award for 2016. The presentation was made at KSA’s 28th Annual Volunteer Recognition Awards Dinner in November.
Rob joined the YBA as an assistant coach with the U14 Boys Viper team in 2010/11. By creating a long-term blueprint for the team’s journey focusing on skill development and playing basketball the “Viper” way, he was instrumental in moving this group in two years from Division 5 to the OBA Ontario Cup Division 1 Gold medal game in 2012/13. At that point, he became the head coach of the team and kept them at the forefront of play in the province. This success culminated with a D1 fourth-place finish at U19, the highest level of club play in the province. Rob now acts as a roving mentor coach with the Viper program.
Vipers bring the KW Titans to practice
The KW Vipers spent some of the holidays watching the new team in town, the KW Titans, practice. They saw the ways that a professional athlete and team get better. Interestingly enough, many of the drills (and all of the skills) are the same, or similar, to ones utilized by the Vipers players in the other half of the RIM Park gym.
Viper teams have embraced the pro team and you can expect to see several of them at the Titans home games playing a mini-game during the half-time festivities.
KW YBA donates to the Brain Tumour Foundation
The KW YBA officially presented the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada with a cheque for $5,000 from the proceeds of the 2016 Jay Kumar Classic 3-on-3 Tournament. Renne Fonte, the walk coordinator for Kitchener for the Foundation, received the cheque from members of the Kumar Classic committee and KW YBA President John Illingworth.
This season’s 3-on-3 tournament is planned for June 17, 2017 at Conestoga College. Check out the tournament’s website, www.3v3kumarclassic.com, for details and the photo gallery from last year.
Hanani Ujullu awarded Jay Kumar Viper Scholarship
Hanani Ujullu, a forward with the current U19 Men’s Vipers Elite team, was awarded the Jay Kumar Viper Scholarship for 2016. This scholarship is given to a returning Viper player who has shown the characteristics that Jay was known for – hard work, determination, and being a great team mate as well as his basketball skills. Last year, Hanani was part of the U19 Men’s Elite team that finished fourth in the province.
Check our website, www.kwyba.com, for all upcoming events. If you are interested in volunteering at any level, please email us.
Submitted by Mike Quigley, Executive Administrator of KW Youth Basketball Association