Provided by Ryan Watters of the BC Football Conference
The Ron White award was established to represent the blue collar hard working image of this league; the respect and the recognition gained by ethical conduct, involvement and recognition within the community.
We have had 13 amazing young men who have won this award since 2002.This year we are recognizing two young men, their team and their commitment to their community. This starts with a very special team, the Westshore Rebels who in 2014 committed to make a positive impact on their community as well as helping with the development of community football on the Island. In 2014, the players, coaches and directors volunteered 209 hours to their community, that level of commitment is truly outstanding.
In 2015 they went a step further with a new and deeper. Commitment to the community. “Bold, Strong, Competitive and Involved” says it all. Alex Wright is a first year player with the team. He is from Sooke where he first started playing football at the age of 10. Hunter Lake is in his third year with the team. He is from Richmond where he started playing football at Hugh Boyd Secondary. Hunter was named to the BCFC All Star team as a wide receiver. He also received the offensive player of the week in week 10, with his impressive performance at quarterback.
Both players are described as exceptional athletes and leaders on and off the field.Alex and Hunter put in eight hour work shifts in their respective jobs each weekday. Every Sunday both players show up at the Talley Ho Sports Pub where they assist with the 50/50 fundraiser for the team.Both athletes are committed to the many Rebel community activities. Donating blood to the Canadian Red Cross. (The team is a member of the Canadian Blood Services Partners for Life program.) McHappy Day to raise funds for families in need. C-Fax Santa Anonymous. The Wounded Warriors Walk and the Millstream Market.What sets these two young men apart is their work with the Greater Victoria Minor Football Association. They attend practices and games and help with drills.
They also take the time to work with individual players who are struggling with self-esteem and teach them about the values of team work.This award at the BCFC level acts as a nomination at the CJFL level for the 2015 Past Commissioner’s Community Service Award. Alex and Hunter are the BCFC representatives when the award is announced the week of the 2015 Canadian Bowl.