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1
Dec

Veronica Papalia is the Volunteer of the Year

Think of how much great work all of our volunteers did this year to go the extra mile and create a community-minded culture. Now imagine doing it for 10 straight years. Then imagine doing it even after your children’s playing days with the club are done. That’s exactly what our 2017 Warriors Volunteer of the Year Veronica Papalia has done.
 
This award is meant to encourage, inspire and symbolize what our club embraces and values and we couldn’t be happier or more proud of this year’s winner.

L to R: VP Dan Crabtree, Veronica Papalia (Bantam Team Manager & ’17 Volunteer of the Year), Paul Stewart (President)

 

Thanks to all of our volunteers & CONTRATULATIONS Veronica!!!

 

26
Nov

Warriors Shine Off The Field Too

The Ottawa REDBLACKS reached out yesterday afternoon to line-up volunteers to help at today’s 105th Grey Cup to manage snow and ice.  No pay.  No glory.  Definitely some inconvenience and a 10 hour shift outside where they would more than likely be half frozen when they are done.

We reached out to our Warriors alumni for 16-21 year old volunteers and we just want to say how proud we are (but not surprised) of the boys who stepped up to volunteer to help work at today’s Grey Cup.  These young men led by example on the field when they were with us and continue to now in their community as Warriors alumni.  THANK YOU to Ryan Pacholik, Nick Simms, Demian Gonzalez, Shayne Forsyth, and Kyle Waucaush.

 

Football is all about community; being selfless; acting on a need; pitching in; and resolve to lead by example.  These 5 Warriors Alumni clearly get that.  THANKS LADS!!! #Warriors4Life

 

105th Grey Cup Warriors-Alumni Snow Crew (L to R): Kyle Waucaush, Demian Gonzalez, Nick Simms, Shayne Forsyth and Ryan Pacholik

24
Nov

The JUDES are off to the Grey Cup!

The Jude family of Ashton are the winners of the Warriors Draw for 2 TICKETS TO THE SOLD OUT 105th GREY CUP!
 
Dev is a tireless manager for our Tyke tackle team and her husband Steve covers basically all the other bases for the family while she does.  You couldn’t ask for a nicer more giving couple so it is immensely just that they are our lucky winners!!
 
Watch the selection video:

 
THANKS to everyone who donated to buy a ticket for our fundraiser draw.  It was fun and a huge CONGRATULATIONS to THE JUDES! Cheer LOUD & PROUD at this year’s Grey Cup!

24
Nov

105th Grey Cup Fundraiser Draw Is Officially Closed

We have closed our draw for 2 Tickets to the SOLD OUT 105th Grey Cup.

The selection will happen momentarily.  Watch for the official announcement on all of our social media feeds.  The winning ticket will be delivered tomorrow to the lucky winner.  GOOD LUCK everyone and thank you for supporting our Grey Cup Fundraiser.  It’s been a lot of fun!

9
Nov

Myers Kanata Hyundai CTV Ottawa Team of the Week!

This just happened!  Thanks to the initiative of our Warriors Registrar Barb Dodge and a graduating Bantam player, Jacob Smith, the Warriors entered CTV News Ottawa’s Team of the Week competition sponsored by Myers Kanata Hyundai….and the winner was THE BELL WARRIORS!
 
The presentation of $1,000 to the Bell Warriors Football Club was made live last night on the CTV News Ottawa dinner-time edition.
 

WATCH THE CHEQUE PRESENTATION VIDEO

HUGE THANK YOU to Myers Kanata Hyundai, Terry Marcotte and Patricia Boal (both of CTV News Ottawa), Barb Dodge, Jacob Smith (who put the video together that won us the contest) and all of our Warriors who went down to the studio for the presentation.  How awesome is this!!!

27
Oct

Win 2 Tickets to the 105th Grey Cup at TD Place

Win a chance to go to the SOLD OUT 105th Grey Cup at TD Place!

Make a donation of $10 for your chance to win 2 tickets to the 105th Grey Cup at TD Place, Sunday, November 26 at 6:00 p.m.  (the winning ticket will be drawn Friday, November 24)
 

BUY YOUR DRAW TICKET NOW – CLICK HERE

 
Better yet, make a donation to buy 10 tickets and you will become an instant Friend of the Warriors Sponsor too! There are only 500 tickets.  Buy 10 for $100 and you have a 1/50 chance of winning …. …. and if that’s not enough …. ….  did we forget to mention that Shania Twain is the 1/2 time show!!!

DON’T MISS OUT!  Help support our Warriors!  The Grey Cup hasn’t been here since 2004.  This is a once in a life-time opportunity.  BUY NOW AND BUY OFTEN.  Share all of our Social Media posts to make the most of this Warriors.  We have 1 month to sell 500 tickets.  YOU CAN DO THIS!  This is just another reason to value what NCAFA, the largest amateur football association in Canada, is doing.  #Warriors4Life

22
Oct

Jacob Baylin – Our Youngest Sponsor Ever!!

Jacob Baylin is a 16 year old young man who lives in Crystal Beach, Nepean.  He played football with the local Bell Warriors Football Club and his youngest brother is still in the program.  For those that have been involved with the club more closely, you’ll know Jacob’s father Rich Baylin who is currently our Pee Wee Head Coach.  This past Saturday, Jacob took the time to present me, Paul Stewart (Bell Warriors Football President), with a cheque to help contribute to our club’s efforts to support players who are financially challenged.   This was his own money that he earned working this past summer.  In making this generous donation, Jacob becomes the newest, and by far the youngest, Friend of the Warriors Sponsor.

L to R: Warriors Alumni and our youngest Warriors Sponsor Jacob Baylin and Paul Stewart (Warriors President)

“Every year, the Warriors have numerous players that just could not afford to play football without some financial support.  It is a key mandate of the Warriors to ensure we do all we can to make our great sport affordable for all.  We rely heavily on community support for our young players and it is truly amazing to see someone as young as Jacob recognize and contribute to the cause.  Jacob was a leader in his playing days with the Warriors and continues to set an example that we could all learn from and aspire to.” – Paul Stewart, Bell Warriors President.
 
That’s the way to #PayItForward Jacob! THANK YOU!!!

8
Oct

Stefano Napolitano #PayItForward #ClassAct

You’ll likely remember our story about this year’s 2X Bell Warriors Jim Wagdin Scholarship winner Stefano Napolitano.  We finally were able to meet up with Stefano at a recent Bell Warriors game.  He was about to go into his last game ever with the Carleton Ravens and he talked of his football journey from his days at Tyke with the Warriors to his final year with the CIS Ravens club.
 
Stefano certainly exemplifies everything we look for in our Warriors alumni and he led by example again this day.  As we presented Stefano with his scholarship cheque, he produced a cheque of his own to give back to the Warriors.  The cheque, which is held by our President, was to go to our fund for players who are financially challenged and have difficulty paying their player fees.   Ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to announce that Stefano Napolitano is our most recent Friend of the Warriors Sponsor!

Picctured L to R: Paul Stewart (Bell Warriors President); Veronica Papalia (Bantam Team Manager); Joe Papalia (Bantam DC) and our newest Friend of the Warriors Sponsor Stefano Napolitano.

 

“I’ve known Stefano since he was a very young man.  He played ball with one of my boys and I have never known him to be anything but thoughtful, generous, respectful and giving of his time.   The fact that he has now given back with his own money to our players in need says so much of the man he has become.  He is a truly class act” ~ summarizes Paul Stewart (Bell Warriors President).

28
Sep

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!

27
Sep

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!

14
Sep

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!!!

6
Sep

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.

4
Sep

#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!
 

12
Aug

Pat Kilmartin – a TRUE GEM!

For those that know Coach Pat Kilmartin this will not surprise you, but to be honest, we never cease to be amazed when someone who gives so much digs a little deeper to give more.
 
Meet our Mosquito DC and NEWEST FRIEND OF THE WARRIORS SPONSOR! Pat is fun to be around, respectful, supportive and just a brilliant man to have influencing our young Warriors players. THANKS PAT for stepping up with all of your time and this time with a signed personal cheque!!!
 
#ClassAct #Values #GiveBack #Warriors4Life
 

Coach Pat Kilmartin has been coaching with the Warriors since 2014. Abundantly respectful, instructive with our players, supportive, positive, reliable and good to be around, we are proud to announce that Coach Pat Kilmartin is our NEWEST Friend of the Warriors Sponsor. NICELY DONE COACH!

27
Jul

Beautiful day for the 22nd Annual Golf Fundraiser

We couldn’t have asked for a nicer day for 22nd Annual Bell Warriors Golf Tournament Fundraiser on July 22nd.  The annual event was held at the Amberwood Village Golf & Country Club in the heart of Stittsville again this year.  Although our numbers were a little down this year, our corporate support couldn’t have been better and a great time was had by all.
 
Special thanks has to go out to Dan Crabtree, this year’s fundraiser event organizer, who accumulated more corporate sponsorship than we’ve ever had before.  Dan also added some special features that really made for a special day for those in attendance including a very nice cigar sale and raw oyster hole.   That was awesome.  This year’s generous hole sponsors were:

B and B Drywall
Central Building Corporation
Holliswealth – Greg Clarke & Dan Crabtree
Jennifer McGahan Interiors
King’s Independent – Chris King
M and M Drywall
Normar Drywall Inc.
Ontario Iron Works Ltd. – The Schwartz Family
Scotty’s Corner Diner – Scott Statham
Sunlife Financial
The Glen – James  Clarke
TMSI – Darrin McCorriston
Turpin Kia – Fern Turpin
United Building Products
Zito Plastering & Stucco Ltd. – Joe Panuccio
 

See you next year!

The Harris and Adams families are always smiling and in attendance.

Admittedly not a golfer, Chrisitine Lavigne isn’t afraid to step up to help out whenever help is required. A great Warriors mom!

A Warriors event wouldn’t be the same without the Schwartz family. Youngest Steven, who turned 17 that day, was enjoying the day with his dad Ken and mom Carmen who was behind the camera. What a great family!

L to R Jake Papalia, Tim Sheahan (VP), Carl-Andre Potier (Coach) and Paul Stewart (bad golfer)

Thanks to everyone was able to make it out!

The winners after a final-death putt-off: Tim Sheahan, Carl-Andre Potier, Jake Papalia and Paul Stewart