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Annual Tip-Off Poster

Join the Camosun College Chargers men's and women's basketball coaches and student-athletes for an evening of food, entertainment and fundraising at the Chargers 5th Annual Tip-Off Dinner at the Harbour Towers Hotel on Friday, September 23.

This year, the Chargers are pleased to present Canadian basketball coaching legend Don Horwood.

Born in Carbonear, Newfoundland (population 3500), Don attended a high school that did not even have a physical education teacher or a basketball program until his final year - and in that year, the team only played two games!

Following high school, Don attended Memorial University in St. John’s where he played basketball as a “small forward” and became captain in his senior year. Upon graduation, he coached at Brother Rice High School (St. John’s) for the 1968-69 season before moving to the west coast. Don coached at Oak Bay High School in Victoria until 1978, winning the BC Provincial Championship three times. The Bays appeared in the Provincial Final five of six seasons during his term.

After leaving Oak Bay, Don entered Graduate School at the University of Alberta where he earned a Masters degree in Physical Education and served as assistant coach of the Golden Bears for one season under former head coach Garry Smith (1978-1979). Don returned to Victoria from 1979-1983 where he coached a fledging team at Spectrum High School that started with only five players and went 3-33 in its first year - a year in which Don claims he learned more about coaching than any he can remember.

Over his 26 year tenure as head coach of the University of Alberta Golden Bears, Don guided the program to three CIS titles, two national silver medals, and one bronze in 15 CIS championship tournament appearances. Under his direction, the team also won seven Canada West titles. Standing among the all-time CIS leaders for coaching wins, Don is a three-time CIS coach of the year and possesses a 302-170 (.640 winning percentage) conference record; a 71-57 (.555) playoff record and an overall record of 572-338 (.629).

Despite his humble beginnings, Don is living proof that anything is possible. Following a coaching career that spanned over 40 years, Don retired at the end of the 2008-09 season. He was named to the Oak Bay High School Hall of Fame in 2003 and the City of Edmonton Hall of Fame in 2008. During the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Don was the basketball color commentator for CBC Television.

The Chargers 5th Annual Tip-Off Dinner Fundraiser begins at 5:30pm with a reception sponsored by the Vancouver Island Brewery. Guests will also be treated to a full buffet dinner, followed by Don Horwood’s presentation and the chance to bid on an array of exciting live and silent auction items.

Tickets for the event are $150 per person and include a $75 tax receipt. Corporate tables are available.

The Camosun College Chargers would like to thank the generous sponsors of this event including Robbins Parking Services, Thrifty Foods, Centaur Products, KineMedics, South Vancouver Island Basketball Association, Vancouver Island Brewing Company and Wilson’s Transportation.

All proceeds from the Tip-Off Dinner event will support the Camosun Chargers men’s and women’s basketball student-athlete scholarship fund.

For tickets and more information and, please contact the Chargers coaches:

Brett Westcott, Head Coach Women’s Basketball
Email: westcott@shaw.caTel: 250-388-9807

Craig Price, Head Coach Men’s Basketball
Email: Tel: 250-532-1265

Last updated: September 14, 2011 5:16 pm

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