The Bell Warriors Football Club has reached out to local companies and supporters and the response was fantastic Saturday (January 10/15) at their Team Banquets. Two Club banquets were held. One for the two youngest teams (Tyke ages 8-10 and Mosquito ages 11-12) and one for the Warriors two oldest teams (Pee Wee ages 13-14 and Bantam ages 15-16). In addition to the big day of banquets, the Warriors hosted their 3rd Annual Silent Auctions, one with each banquet. In all, the Warriors Club raised over $5,000 which will go directly back towards purchasing new football equipment for our players.
“We are so pleased with the support we received from local businesses with their donations to our silent auctions. Our Club is admired league wide for our commitment to our player’s safety. One of our primary goals as a club is to focus continually on upgrading our equipment and re-conditioning our existing equipment. Having said that, we also strive to keep our sport as affordable as possible. It’s a constant challenge to balance. We introduced Silent Auctions to our banquets two years ago and with this year’s proceeds, we have raised approximately $15,000. To put that into perspective, this covers the purchase cost of over 40 new helmets for our players.” says Paul Stewart, Bell Warriors President and Bantam Head Coach.
Stewart continues, “With so much of our volunteers’ time dedicated to hosting winter conditioning sessions; fielding four tackle football teams and 4 touch girl’s spring football teams, it does not leave much time for hitting the streets to solicit local businesses to support our efforts by becoming a partner with the Warriors. We rely heavily on community support to offer our football programs. Most people do not realize that less than 50% of our proceeds come as a result of player fees. We truly thank the following team sponsors for making our program possible:
Scotiabank; Primo Self Storage; Ontario Iron Works; The Glen; Ottawa Valley Kitchens
Play Ball Sponsors
RCMP Officer’s Mess; Yasmin Fues, Royal Lepage; Clarington Investments
“Our challenge continues to be to get the word out to more businesses and individuals that believe in the importance of our youth learning the value of hard work, respect, responsibility, commitment, sportsmanship and leadership. Our motto is ‘Warriors For Life’ and that’s exactly what our program is all about.”
2014 Bell Warriors Tackle Award Winners were:
2014 Tyke Award Winners: Front Row (L to R): Most Valuable Player – Avery Osborne; Coaches Choice – Kameron Klyn and Owen Lavigne; Most Improved Player – Dylan Krout. Back Row (L to R): Best D-Line – Hunter Watson, Most Versatile – Zachary Baylin (Nepean); Outstanding Defensive Player – Ryan Morissette; Outstanding Offensive Player – Alex Miles; Rookie of the Year – Keyshawn Reid; Best O-Line – Kaesar Dualeh.
2014 Mosquito Award Winners: Front Row (L to R): Outstanding Defensive Player – Shyreek Phillips; Most Improved Player – Edward Kinsella; Outstanding Offensive Back – Joshua Baylin; Outstanding Defensive Back – Jacob Smith; Rookie of the Year – Jack Buckley. Back Row (L to R): Best O-Line – Kai Padamshi; Outstanding Offensive Player – Trey O’Brien; Most Valuable Player – Ethan Ryan (Carleton Place); Coaches Choice – Daniel Briere (Nepean); Best D-Line – Eben Dibula (Nepean). Missing from Photo: Most Versatile – Thom Dulmage.
2014 Pee Wee Award Winners: Front Row (L to R): Outstanding Defensive Back – Kyle Crabtree; Rookie of the Year – Nicholas Walter; Middle Row (L to R): Warrior Award and Outstanding Offensive Back – Andrew Fullerton; Best Linebacker – Jérémy Paré, Most Improved – Jacob Baylin; Back Row (L to R): Best O-Line– Andrew Bagg; Best D-Line – Ryan Pacholik; Outstanding Defensive Player – Steven Schwartz; Most Versatile – Aron Masalingi; Coaches Award – James Keenan; Most Valuable Player – Malik Yusuf; Missing from photo: Outstanding Offensive Player – Eric Conley.
2014 Bantam Award Winners: Front Row (L to R): Best D-Line – Jacob Stuart-Lafleur; Best Defensive Back – Nicolas Barnes; Coaches Choice – Jacob McPhee; Outstanding Defensive Player – Sheldon Thomas; Second Row (L to R): Rookie of the Year – Sam Roberts; Leadership Award (NEW this year) – Ross Polito, Outstanding Offensive Player – Brendan Sheahan; Most Versatile – Jack Rabb; Best O-Line – Liam Cochrane; Missing from Photo: Most Valuable Player – Andrew Beattie; Most Improved – Liban Musse.
The Bell Warriors would like to thank all of the donators to the 2014 Bell Warriors Silent Auction:
For pictures or more information about the Bell Warriors banquet, silent auctions or club, please contact Paul Stewart at (613) 838-4279 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.