Meet our NEWEST PLAY BALL Pat Woodcock

No stanger to the local sports community, PAT WOODCOCK co-owner of Elite Performance Academy is the Warriors NEWEST PLAY BALL SPONSOR!
 
Some of our very best Warriors alumni have gone on to be trained by Pat & his EPA TEAM.  He not only gets them ready for the next level, he doesn’t forget where they started.  Pat donated a bag of cleats for our Cleat Exchange Program last night.  “We have a lot of young players that come from financially challenged families and they rely on our Cleat Exchange Program for their cleats each year.  To have someone like Pat step up and make such a generous donation means a lot to our Warriors players, families and our club”, observes Paul Stewart, Warriors President.
 
Pat’s list of accomplishments is too long to outline fully but here are some highlights:

 

L to R: Pat Woodcock of Elite Performance Academy, Paul Stewart (Warriors President) and long-time Warriors volunteer and Bantam team manager Veronica Papalia

Pat Woodcock meets two Bantam standouts Ethan Ryan (in black) and Trey O’Brien in yellow.

 

On behalf of the Warriors Family, THANK YOU Elite Performance Academy (EPA) and our friend Pat Woodcock, our newest PLAY BALL SPONSOR!

REDBLACKS Overdeliver Again!

We are SO LUCKY to have the Ottawa REDBLACKS in our community and ultimately, in our lives.  The REDBLACKS joined our Warriors at practise tonight at Bell H.S.  and starting D-lineman Zack Evans and Ettore Lattanzio over-delivered.
 
We started the two CFL stars down with our Tyke team (ages 7-9) to encourage our youngest level’s players.  Tyke is an introductory developmental level to football and making sure they are having fun playing football is Rule #1.  Both Zack and Ettore get that and weren’t long before they were down at the young Warriors’ level getting them to show their stuff to the two REDBLACKS’ players.  “Both Zack and Ettore are exciting guys who have played football from a young age.  They get it and love to share it”, states Paul Stewart, Warriors President.

Say HELLO to Ottawa REDBLACKS DLmen Zack Evans and Ettore Lattanzio Warriors!!! Starting D-Linemen Zack Evans (in black) & Ettore Lattanzio (in red) greet our Warriors Tyke players.

Warriors starting QB Louis Turpin looks a bit “Star Struck” between the two towering REDBLACKS Zack Evans and Ettore Lattanzio (who is also a NCAFA alumni).

Avery Stuart who is 8 years old enjoying the time of his young life with our REDBLACKS guests Zack Evans and Ettore Lattanzio.

Jordan Devost’s 1st year playing football has been a fantastic experience and we’re sure tonight will be a memory he will not soon forget. THANKS ZACK and ETTORE!!!

Our excited TYKE team with our Ottawa REDBLACKS guests Zack Evans (huge guy in back) and Ettore Lattanzio (huge guy in front).

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

The REDBLACKS guests then went to work with our Bantam team (ages 14-15).  The Bantams are undefeated this year and have a number of players who undoubtedly will play at the next level so they were eager for some professional advice.  The Bantam coaches basically handed the reins over to Zack and Ettore and stood back to take in the instruction and drills.  “It was literally awesome.  Every single player that took part in the drills picked up some great tips.  The coaches were taking it all in as well.  They weren’t just coaching the players, they were coaching the coaches too.  FANTASTIC”, summarizes President Stewart.
 

Bantam players, coaches (and parents) couldn’t be more thankful for Zack Evans, Ettore Lattanzio and the Ottawa REDBLACKS for supporting our team!

 

THANKS SO MUCH to the Ottawa REDBLACKS, the coordinator Michael Nimmo (great guy) & our two guests Zack Evans and Ettore Lattanzio.  We may have to make these guys Honorary Warriors For Life!

Our WARRIORS are off to see the REDBLACKS!

The Bell Warriors are going to see the Ti-Cats take on our REDBLACKS at a very special price of only $35 – a savings of over 30% off of the ticket price!!!! This is also a MAJOR FUNDRAISER for the Warriors….and the first 45 players will be able to take part in the Pre-Game On-Field REDBLACKS Warm Up Experience!!  Your team manager will have more details.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR REDBLACKS vs HAMILTON TICATS TICKETS
WHEN:  Friday, October 27, 2017
TIME:  7:00 p.m.
WHERE TD Place Stadium, 1015 Bank Street
TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS

Details:
You can also contact your Warriors Team Manager to reserve & pay for your tickets with Cash, Visa or Debit but NO cheques.   Tickets sold on a FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVE basis.  Email info@bellwarriors.ca if you have any questions.  For players who are part of the limited-access Pre-Game On-Field REDBLACKS Warm Up Experience, you are asked to meet at the top of the stairs at Gate 4 inside the stadium after you have scanned your tickets 45 minutes before kickoff (6:15 p.m.).  You’ll be instructed their on the rules….and make sure to wear your Warriors Jersey!

It’s a WIN-WIN-WIN and it will be a great night.  DON’T MISS OUT!!!

2017 Jim Wagdin Scholarship Winners Announced!

It’s official – the 2017 Jim Wagdin Bell Warriors Scholarship winners have been announced and this year’s winners are Jack Rabb of Richmond and Stefano Napolitano of Stittsville!
 
Jack Rabb said of his experience with the Warriors, “I played football with the Bell Warriors for 6 years, from Mosquito to Bantam. I am extremely grateful for the values this organization has instilled in me as a person, and for the fundamentals I developed as a player. In being given so many opportunities to lead my teammates, try new positions, and be taught advanced concepts, I was incredibly enriched. The leadership skills I gained spilled over into my school life, where I became the co-president of my school and organized a camp dedicated to teaching my peers the same leadership skills I had been taught by my coaches. The athletic skills I honed allowed me to sign on to Queen’s to continue my football career. I am very appreciative of the Warriors for encouraging both of these facets of my life to improve.”
 
Jack is currently in his second year at Queens University where he is a member of the Gaels football club.  Since graduating from the Warriors organization, Jack has spent time volunteering with Motionball, a charity that hosts Marathons of Sport.  These events group together student athletes and Special Olympic athletes for a day dedicated to competing in a variety of sports, with funds raised going towards supporting Canada’s Special Athletes.  Further, Jack participated in Gaels Care, a community outreach initiative that consisted of spending time talking to and playing sports with children from low-income neighborhoods.   Most recently, Jack volunteered assisting with the Warriors Winter Workouts and the Warrior’s newly-revived flag football program.  CONGRATS JACK!!!

L to R: Jack Rabb (2017 Jim Wagdin Scholarship Winner); Paul Stewart (Bantam Head Coach and CLub President)

Stefano Napolitano says of his time with the Warriors, “I attribute much of this success to the Bell Warriors Football Club as I learned many, many skills and characteristic in my 7 years there which has helped me along every step of the way.  Each and every year I seem to notice more and more that all of those years were so much more than just football.  Football was a big part of it, and I really do miss those days, but the intangibles that we were taught every single day at practice and at games are simply invaluable.  As I think about these intangibles, 3 main things stick out to me.  Those 3 things are teamwork, discipline and perseverance.  I have tried to keep and improve on these qualities in my time at Carleton, and I will never stop to improve them as they can be applied to almost everything in life.  I am so thankful for the little things I learned from 2005-2011 with the Warriors.”
 
Stefano’s list of community service is impressive to say the very least and he is going into his fifth and final year of eligibility with the Carleton Ravens.  He is also unique in that he has been a team captain in all five years of with the Ravens.  Stef is trying to use these qualities that I have acquired with the Warriors and from other chapters of his life to help lead his team to a conference and national championship this year.   CONGRATS STEFANO!!!
 
For more information about the Warriors scholarship program, go to our Scholarship page.

#ZackStrong – Support his Battle

Many of you are familiar with Zack Statham-Souliere who played for us from tyke through bantam playing his last year with the Warriors in 2015.  His mother and father Karin Statham and Guy Souliere were huge contributors to our world-famous canteen for years.  Uncle Scotty has coached multiple levels for years.  His son Logan (Zack’s 1st cousin) played as well all the way through our program and still helps out with our bantams.  Scotty’s wife was a team manager and an unreal volunteer while her and Scotty’s daugther Makayla was our inaugural Volunteer of the Year!
 
The Warriors just learned recently that Zack is in a battle with leukemia and started the chemotherapy the day after he found out.  Warriors are all about supporting our players on and off the field.  We will be combining a fundraiser with our Warriors Annual Homecoming Day this year October 15.  More details will follow.   We also want to bring your attention to a Go Fund Me account that has been opened up to help the Zack and his family with costs that will surely be incurred while he fights his battle.  Click on this link to show your support for Zack and his family:  #ZackStrong Leukemia Fight
 
Thanks for showing you care!