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Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame

CAO Coaching Excellence Awards

Hamilton Sport Volunteer Awards


 

ONTARIO BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME

 

The induction ceremony for the 2010 Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame took place on Saturday, October 30th. For a recap and photos, please click here.

The Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame was inaugurated in 1999 with the induction of Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of the game of basketball. The Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame does not yet have a permanent site.  Nominees are honoured at the Hall of Fame Gala Dinner.

Eligibility 
Any person 
who has achieved an outstanding standard of excellence in basketball is eligible for a recognition award or election as an Honoured Member of the Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame in one the following categories:

a. Athletes 
b. Coaches
c. Builders
d. Teams 
e. Officials

Nominees must be residents of Ontario or have been born in Ontario or made their distinguished contribution to the game of basketball in Ontario.

The five categories of membership in the Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame are defined as follows:

Athletes - Athletes are competitors who, while Canadian citizens living in Ontario, have participated at an elite level and have achieved outstanding and extraordinary success as a competitor in the sport of basketball.  Voting for athletes must be based on their record, playing ability, integrity, character, sports-like conduct and contributions to the teams on which they played and contributions to the game of basketball in general. Athletes must be retired from active duty at their highest level (i.e., provincial team, national team, etc.) for at least five years in order to be eligible for entry.

Coaches - Coaches are individuals whose efforts and expertise in the development and training of basketball athletes have made an outstanding and extraordinary contribution to the sport of basketball in Ontario, resulting in the promotion and development of the game of basketball in Ontario, nationally, or internationally. Coaches must be retired from active duty for at least two years, or be 60 years of age or older, or have 25 years of coaching experience in order to be eligible for entry.

Builders - Builders are individuals who have made outstanding and extraordinary contributions towards the promotion, development and advancement of basketball in Ontario, and they may include (but are not limited to) administrators, officials, trainers, managers, coaches, therapists, etc. Builders are exempt from specific timelines with respect to entry.

Teams - Teams are basketball teams made up of Canadian athletes living in Ontario who represented an Ontario or Canadian organization or corporation that accomplished outstanding and extraordinary results that have brought prominence to the sport of basketball in Ontario and Canada. Teams must be at least five years removed from their milestone in order to be eligible for entry.

Officials - Officials are individuals whose efforts and expertise in the development and training of basketball officials and/or in the performance of their duties as officials have exhibited outstanding and extraordinary skill, expertise and commitment resulting in the promotion and development of the game of basketball in Ontario, nationally, or internationally. Officials must be retired from active duty for at least two years, or one year if 65 or older, in order to be eligible for entry.

For more details on Hall of Fame policies and procedures, please click here.

To submit a nomination for the Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame, please click here

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CAO COACHING EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Do you know a coach who inspires a life-long love of sports in their teams and athletes or a coach who’s an innovative thinker, pushing the envelope and inventing new approaches to old challenges?              

Why not nominate them for a Coaching Excellence Award?

The Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards Program celebrates the dedication and commitment of exemplary individuals who inspire, innovate and share knowledge of sport with others. The Awards recognize the importance of leadership, performance and the value of human insight which are all necessary to great coaching.

Date of Banquet and Awards Ceremony: To Be Announced 
Location: To Be Announced
Please visit the Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards Program page here for the most up-to-date information about the banquet.

Nominate an awesome coach in one of six categories.

All nomination forms can be found on the Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards Program page here.

Grass Roots (1 Female, 1 Male)
Coaches recognized in this category are inspirational role models in the community. The coaching focus would be on introducing children and youth to a sport, developing fundamental movement skills while creating a positive environment for healthy development and instilling a life-long love to be physically active and stay involved in sport. A coach in this category would measure their daily success in the number of smiles achieved
Eligibility: Nominee must be an Ontario resident who has been actively coaching Ontario athletes under the age of 12 for the past 2 years (minimum).
Nomination Deadline: Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. 

Good-To-Great (1 Female, 1 Male)
The coaching focus is on performance excellence and competing to win. The coach would be recognized as the primary coach who identifies talented individuals; who creates a training environment that further develops athletic skills and abilities to a higher level of success in competition over a period of time.
Eligibility: Nominee must be an Ontario resident who has been actively coaching Ontario athletes for at least 2 years. He or she must have coached at least one athlete to a national team spot (e.g. Junior or Senior team, Pan/Parapan Team) in the last 4 years. 
Nomination Deadline: Thursday, June, 29, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. 

Trailblazer Coach
The Trailblazer coach is an innovative out-of-the-box thinker who inspires others to follow and has made a difference in their sport or for their athletes. Whether coaching a community rep team or top performing provincial athletes, the coach who pushes the envelope, invents new approaches to old challenges and breaks through barriers should be nominated for this award.
Eligibility: Nominee must be an Ontario resident who has actively been coaching Ontario athletes for the past 3 years (minimum). Note: Coaches who are nominated for other 2017 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards may also be considered for this award at the discretion of the Selection Committee
Nomination Deadline: Thursday, June, 29, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.  

Everyone Matters Coach
The “Everyone Matters” Award recipient has influenced the culture of their team, organization or community by embracing diversity . Over a sustained period of time they have demonstrated the value of an inclusive approach through acceptance and accessibility. Examples in this category include success in reaching out to and actively welcoming different genders, different age groups, newcomers to a sport program or a coach who successfully integrates athletes with a disability into the program.
Eligibility: Nominee must be an Ontario resident who has been actively coaching Ontario athletes for at least three (3) years. Note: Coaches who are nominated for other 2017 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards may also be considered for this award at the discretion of the Selection Committee.
Nomination Deadline: Thursday, June, 29, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.  

Aboriginal Impact Coach
The “Aboriginal Impact” Award recognizes a coach who has made a significant impact by advancing the Aboriginal Sport system/community in Ontario. Over a sustained period of time they have demonstrated the value of physical, emotional and mental well-being of Aboriginal peoples of Ontario through physical activity and sport. Examples in this category include success in reaching out to and actively welcoming Aboriginal athletes to an existing team or sport program, introducing a new sport program to an Aboriginal community, or a coach who advocates for Aboriginal cultural and traditional practices in their coaching.
Eligibility: Must be an Ontario resident, actively coaching Ontario athletes of Aboriginal descent for at least three (3) years, be of aboriginal descent, certified through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and demonstrate leadership both on and off the field of play. Note: Coaches who are nominated for other 2017 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards may also be considered for this award at the discretion of the Selection Committee.
Nomination Deadline: Thursday, June, 29, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

Andy Higgins Lifetime Achievement Award
An outstanding coach who has made a significant contribution to coaching in Ontario over a long sustained period of time—20+ years. Andy Higgins, an Olympic decathlon coach, an educator and all around good human being, has devoted his lifetime to instilling positive values, citizen development and making a difference in people’s lives through sport. A coach who dreams big, looks for the possibilities, and focuses on a lasting legacy would be an ideal award recipient in this category.
Eligibility: Nominee must be an Ontario resident who has been actively coaching Ontario athletes or mentoring other coaches for the past 20 years.
Nomination Deadline: Thursday, June, 29 2017 at 4:00 p.m. 

School Sport Coach (1 Female, 1 Male)  Selected by OFSAA
The selection of recipients (teacher-coach) is based on their unique contribution to sport through continuous development of new coaches. The nominated coach must have influenced the development of new coaches and have shown evidence of program building as well as encouraging athletes to give back to sport.
Nomination Deadline: Thursday, June 29, 2017

Please visit Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards Program page here for nomination form, and and return to Eric McLoughlin.
 

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 HAMILTON SPORT VOLUNTEER AWARDS

 

Do you know someone who volunteers in sport in the Hamilton community? Do they make a difference in the community through their involvement in sport programs?

Nominations for the 31st annual Hamilton Sport Volunteer Awards are now open!

The 2017 Sports Volunteer Awards are divided into five categories:

Distinguished Sport Volunteer Awards

There are two Distinguished Awards, as outlined below.

Distinguished Adult Sport Volunteer Award
The Pearson Dunn Insurance Inc. Distinguished Adult Volunteer Award is presented to individuals who have contributed a minimum of 10 years to sport in the community. Recipients can only accept this award once and they may be considered for other awards categories.

Distinguished Youth Sport Volunteer Award
The future of our community lies in the hands of our youth. The City of Hamilton Distinguished Youth Sport Volunteer Award is presented to a youth who is involved in volunteering, coaching, officiating or organizing sporting opportunities in Hamilton. This recipient must display good sportsmanship, promote fair play, encourage participation, provide a fun experience for all and represent the Hamilton community with integrity and pride.

Major Sport Volunteer Awards

There are four Major Awards, as outlined below.

Ray Lewis Community Service Award
The Ray Lewis Community Service Award is presented in the adult category to an outstanding Hamilton athlete who has excelled in sport at the national and/or international level and has made a significant contribution to the Hamilton community.

Ron Foxcroft Fair Play Award
The Ron Foxcroft Fair Play Award is presented annually to an official who has demonstrated tremendous dedication to the principles of fair play and played a leadership role in the development of sport officiating.

Dr. Ray Johnson Coach of the Year Award
The Dr. Ray Johnson Coach of the Year Award is presented to an individual who best exemplifies the attributes that contribute to quality coaching.

United Trophy Volunteer of the Year Award
The United Trophy Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment as an active volunteer in amateur sport over an extended period of time (minimum 10 years). This nominee has gone the extra mile to provide a safe and encouraging environment for sport development.

Note: To be eligible for a Major Award, the nominee must have been a previous Distinguished Award winner.

Dr. Gene Sutton Club Excellence Award

The Dr. Gene Sutton Club Excellence Award was established in 2010 by Hamilton Public Health Services to recognize a local sports organization for delivering quality children and youth programming that promotes healthy living. Dr. Sutton was dedicated to quality amateur sport in the City of Hamilton. As a child and youth advocate, she believed in a holistic approach focusing on providing safe, healthy, and fun environments contributing to the development of the whole child.

Hamilton Hero Sport Banner Series

The Hamilton Hero Banner is one of the most prestigious recognitions as it represents someone who over time has been an outstanding athlete, major contributor or builder to sport in the City of Hamilton. These special individuals have put Hamilton on the sport map across the country.

Nomination Process

Know a volunteer that you would like to nominate?

Fill out a nomination form and submit it by Friday, June 30, 2017.

Note: Nominations for the Hamilton Hero Sport Banner Series must be e-mailed to sport@hamilton.ca. Please include details of the nominee’s contribution to the City of Hamilton sporting community as well as with their family contact information.

Sport Volunteer Appreciation Banquet

The awards ceremony will take place during the City of Hamilton Sport Volunteer Appreciation Banquet, which honours volunteers in sport who give their time and energy to the Hamilton community.

Date: Thursday, September 21, 2017
Location: To Be Announced

Please visit the City of Hamilton website for the most up-to-date information about the Sport Volunteer Appreciation Banquet.
 


 
 

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