The City of Edmonton announced that it is inducting the 4 coaches of the University Ringette Team into its Sports Hall of Fame in the Sports Builder category. The Mayor of the City of Edmonton will host the induction ceremony on Monday June 15, 2015 at 7:30 pm at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton. The event is free to attend and all ringette enthusiasts are invited!!
The 4 coaches (Bonnie Peters, Bob Bailey, John Romyn and Paul Hotke) are being recognized for their efforts in starting up the University Ringette Team in 2002 and over the next 12 years building it into a 4 time Canadian National Championship university team. As well, the team now has an annual scholarship program in excess of $50,000 to help its student athletes achieve academic success.
Over the past 6 years the University Ringette Team, under the direction of the 4 coaches, has raised in excess of half a million dollars for research at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton. Team members also annually visit approximately 50 schools in the greater Edmonton area to discuss excellence in athletics and academics. Children at these schools are given the chance to play gym ringette with University Ringette student athletes. The school visitation program allows 12,000 – 15,000 children annually to learn about ringette. A large number of schools have acquired gym ringette equipment and added ringette to their physical education curriculums.
Ten years ago the 4 coaches established a summer camp ringette program for young ringette players (ages 8 – 16) . The first summer camp consisted of 40 participants attending a half day camp in Fort Saskatchewan. Fast forward 10 years to the present day & you have three, full day, week long, camps held in August in Sherwood Park, Leduc & St. Albert. Each camp now has 100 young ringette players registered in 3 different age groupings and the camps are now sold our each year! All aspects of the summer camps are now organized and taught by the players of the University Ringette team.
The 4 coaches are also being recognized for their significant and long term efforts in establishing, maintaining and growing the Canadian University and College Ringette Association. From its beginnings nearly a decade ago, when there were less than 8 university ringette teams across Canada, to the present day with more than 2 dozen university ringette teams across the country, the Association has been instrumental in providing guidance & governance to this rapidly expanding area of ringette.
We hope you’ll join the City of Edmonton on June 15 to celebrate the many incredible contributions Bonnie, Bob, John & Paul have made to University Ringette in Edmonton and across Canada.