April 17, 2018 KSA Scholarship Dinner

Updated Thursday November 1, 2018 by Kitchener Sports Association.

PHOTO: The 8 KSA Scholarship recipients for 2018. Back row (L-R): Lennox Lewis (special guest), Trevor Carlson, Tevin Piper, Liliana Paroski, Noah Baker, Matthew Hall (guest speaker) and Robert Fedy (Chair, KSA Scholarship Committee. Front row (L-R): Danielle Simons, Tyra Boug, Grace Ditzend and Kadyn Wotton. (April 17, 2018)


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Scholarship Awards Night 

 Social: 6:00 p.m        Dinner/seating at 6:30 p.m. 
Edelweiss Tavern

Guest speaker --- Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall, a graduate of Cameron Heights Collegiate, is just winding up his 3rd year of financial math studies at Wilfrid Laurier University.  In addition to serving as a math tutor and teaching assistant, he has also established himself as one of the country's top curlers (ranked #1 in Ontario - Men's U21) both as a member of the WLU Golden Hawks and through his teams' placings at Ontario Curling Association competitions. Matthew is recognized under KSA's Athletic Excellence Program. He shared some of his recent experiences and words of encouragement to this year's scholarship recipients.

  • 3-time OCA Jr Mens Provincial Champion (Team Hall: 2018, 2017 & 2016)
  • 2016/2017 Men's Curling OUA Champions; Team MVP
  • Canadian Junior Silver Medalist (2017)
  • 2015/2016 Men's Curling OUA Champions & CIS Champions
  • Silver Medalist at Canada Winter Games (2015)
Special Guests --- Lennox & Violet Lewis

Lennox Lewis, the former undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion, accompanied by his wife (Violet), were surprise dinner guests. They were in town to announce their plans, in conjunction with the Waterloo Regional Boxing Academy to bring their League of Champions camp to Kitchener for a session this July 23 - 29. The camp will be open to (up to 80) underprivileged boys and girls (ages 9 - 17) at absolutely no cost to any participants. WRBA's Rick Cadilha will be coordinating the selection of participants with local community centres and youth agencies. (At a subsequent meeting of KSA's Operating Committee, KSA approved $6,000 in funding to ensure the project's success in its initial year of operation.Waterloo Region Record article on the announcement (April 17, 2018)

Scholarship Recipients

There were 8 KSA Scholarships ($1,500 each to help with the expenses of first-year studies) awarded this year:

  • Noah Baker (Grand River Collegiate Institute)
  • Tyra Boug (Huron Heights Secondary School)
  • Trvor Carlson (Bluevale Collegiate Institute)
  • Grace Ditzend (Bluevale Collegiate Institute)
  •  Liliana Paroski (Ecole Pere-Rene-De-Galinee)
  • Tevin Piper (Elmira District Secondary School)
  • Danielle Simons (St. David Catholic Secondary School)
  • Kadyn Wotton (Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate & Vocational School)

Photos of the presentations and proceedings 

With these 8 awards, KSA has now recognized 127 local students and provided a total of $198,000 in funding to help them further their education. As always, congratulations!

Fee-assistance cheque presentations: The evening's proceedings also included the presentation of cheques to KW Youth Basketball and KW Waterpolo to help cover their shortfall incurred due to their subsidized registration programs. Mike Quigley and Kyle Devitt were present to accept the cheques on behalf of their clubs.


As always, this was an informal meeting. If you're involved with local minor sports -- community or school -- you may know some of the recipients.  Everyone is invited to come to our KSA dinner meetings and meet local athletes and hear about their achievements to date and plans going forward. The Scholarship Awards Dinner is always a great evening --- and this was no exception!  


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