John Ryan Ultimate Tournament September 20, 2012

annual Ultimate Frisbee tournament at W.L.McLeod Elementary school. All money raised is forwarded to Icord

Submitted

School begins, fall is in the air and elementary schools in the Vanderhoof and surrounding area are gearing up for the annual Ultimate Frisbee tournament at W.L.McLeod Elementary school. All money raised is forwarded to Icord, a research and development institution dedicated to finding an answer to cure spinal cord injuries.

Our school is named for Bill McLeod.

His daughter is married to John Ryan. John was injured in a vehicle accident and, because he was not wearing his seat belt, he sustained a spinal cord injury that left him a paraplegic.

He decided to cycle across Canada in 1999, hoping to raise money and awareness for spinal cord injuries. His tour, called the Regeneration Tour, ended October 1999 and John came here to celebrate the successes of his trip.

It was in October of ’99 that three staff members of WL McLeod Elementary School organized a “John Ryan Ultimate” tournament.

The choice to play ultimate was an easy decision. John Ryan is able to, and does, play the game in an indoor venue.

John was excited to hear of our idea to help him in his efforts to find a cure for spinal cord injuries; first by hosting an event that would raise money for the cause and secondly by choosing a sport he participates in. John and Penny, and now their daughter Janelle, have attended some of our tournament days, although living in Whistler is a long trip for them to make each year.  Probably one of the most memorable tournaments was the year that John and Penny surprised everyone here with the inclusion of their friend, Trevor Linden.  It was a real treat for all of us.

This tournament has created some very exciting moments for everyone involved.

Over the years we have seen approximately 2,500 students participating and we have raised more than $10,000. All the money raised has gone to Icord. A key to our successful fundraising during the tournament has to be credited to our local Co-op. Each year, without fail, they have supplied our concession needs. This donation of food has allowed for a 100% donation of money raised.

As we are a small community, we rely on our neighbours to support the kids and adults working to see the day come together in a positive and inclusive spirit. Our local radio station, The Wolf, has interviewed the organizers and students, a new and terrifying experience for some but all for the right reasons. We worked together in our 10th year to broadcast a radio telethon. We were able to add to the total contributed that year by the participation of the community and the co-operation of The Wolf.

The local newspaper, Omineca Express, has covered our events with write-ups and pictures from the various fields of play. It is great to have the pictures out there for all to see the kids playing hard for a charitable cause. Everyone wins!

We are the only charity still operating and raising money for John Ryan’s dream of a cure for spinal cord injuries.

We are proud of our efforts and even prouder of the community that supports this event. In the end, we will all have contributed to finding a cure. The students involved will know they were a part of the solution.

Thank you to everyone that has been a part of efforts.

 

Just Posted

Repen: FOI data proves Telkwans being ripped off by ICBC

Former Telkwa mayor received a response from ICBC and says the results don’t look good for residents

Fires still burning near Telegraph Creek

BC Wildfire Service assures residents of a proactive plan heading into wildfire season

Northwest entrepreneurs pitch their plans for cash prizes

ThriveNorth announces 12 finalists in this year’s business challenge

Gas prices spike in northern B.C. ahead of the long weekend

Fuel went up 17 cents overnight in Prince Rupert

Cyclist braking stigma on addiction from coast to coast

Mathew Fee aims at world record for longest distance on BMX bike while sharing his story of recovery

Dashcam captures close call between minivan, taxi at busy Vancouver intersection

To make the footage more nerve-wracking, a pedestrian can be seen standing at the corner

QUIZ: How much do you know about Easter?

Take this short quiz and put your knowledge to the test

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

Global Affairs warns Canadians in Sri Lanka there could be more attacks

A series of bomb blasts killed at least 207 people and injured hundreds more

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. mom wages battle to get back four kids taken from her in Egypt

Sara Lessing of Mission has help from Abbotsford law firm

VIDEO: Fire guts Peachland home

Crews are still on scene pumping water onto the blaze in the Okanagan neighbourhood

$6K raised in one day’s time for family of woman gunned down in Penticton

GoFundMe launched for family of Darlene Knippelberg, to pay for funeral costs and other expenses

Most Read