HALIFAX COACH NAMED 2013 NFL YOUTH COACH OF THE YEAR
$5,000 in football equipment and $5,000 in BlackRock Canada bursaries awarded to Halifax Argos Minor Football coach Quentin Tynes; Kingston's Harvey Milne and Summerside's John Turner named runners-up
Toronto, ON – November 14, 2013 − The National Football League today named QUENTIN TYNES 2013 NFL Youth Coach of the Year.
Tynes has deep roots in the Halifax football community. He grew up in a family of 13, but through football was able to attend Acadia University, where he captured Canadian University Rookie of the Year honours and led the underdog Axemen to a Vanier Cup victory in 1981.
Now a volunteer coach with the Halifax Argos ─ a Halifax Gridiron Football Association club that draws largely from the city's lower-income North side neighbourhoods ─ Tynes was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame earlier this month.
"I have seen Quentin Tynes ─ known as 'Snoopy around here' ─ take 30 kids from different parts of town, different economic backgrounds and different cultures, and mold them into a single cohesive unit," said Kent Clarke, one of Tynes' assistant coaches, in a nomination essay. "He uses this diversity as a life lesson for the kids, and combines it with hard work, dedication and discipline. The time he dedicates and his willingness to share his love of football with every kid who is interested makes football possible in our community."
Now in its 15th year, the NFL Youth Coach of the Year award is presented by BlackRock Canada, an industry-leading investment management and services provider. Run in conjunction with Football Canada, the award is designed to recognize community or high school level coaches across Canada who use football to make a positive impact on their communities. The award is not based on wins and losses.
“Coach Tynes' tireless dedication to both flag and tackle football in Halifax deserves recognition,” said Dan Quinn, Managing Director, NFL Canada. “By instilling life values and inspiring young people through football, Quentin Tynes embodies everything we look for in an NFL Youth Coach of the Year."
Tynes was selected from a shortlist of ten coaches from across Canada to receive the honour. A panel of journalists, Football Canada and NFL officials selected the winners.
His former coach, Queen Elizabeth High School's Mike Tanner (Halifax), was the first-ever recipient of the award in 1999. The Halifax Chronicle Herald's Jennifer Taplin's story on the Halifax Argos can be found here: http://thechronicleherald.ca/thenovascotian/1164230-where-football-is-for-everyone
Farhan Lalji, a high school coach in New Westminster BC, was named as a runnerup in 2004.
“Being runner up in the NFL coach of the year program was a special honor. We used the funds towards the purchase of a much-needed new camera. There have been some fantastic men who have been recognized this program. They have made a big difference in the lives of the men that they coach and in their communities and it meant a lot for our program to be included in that group. I have been inspired by reading the accomplishments of past nominees and I hope what we do inspires others to more.”
More than 450 submissions nominating more than 300 different coaches from across Canada were received. In addition to the equipment donation Tynes will be flown to Toronto and honoured by the NFL at the December 1, 2013 regular season game between the Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons at Rogers Centre.
BlackRock Canada will also help cement the winning coach's legacy, creating $5,000 in bursaries that will assist young players in the coach's community who are in financial need.
"We are proud to participate in a program that recognizes the great work done by our local coaches, and helps give our youth a chance to play organized sports while being inspired by community leaders like Coach Tynes.” said Noel Archard, Managing Director, Head of BlackRock Canada.
Ontario Provincial Police Constable HARVEY MILNE, who volunteers his time coaching at Ernestown High School and running Kingston's U-12 OPP Football League, was named a runner-up and will receive $2,000 in new equipment.
"Harvey Milne instills a sense of pride and accomplishment through organized football," said Kingston's Robert Martell in a submission essay. "For ten months of the year his volunteer efforts ensure that approximately 250 children, ages five to twelve, have an opportunity to learn and play organized football."
JOHN TURNER, a teacher and coach in Summerside, PEI, was also named runner-up and will receive $2,000 in equipment for minor football in Summerside.
"Over the past few years John has almost singlehandedly created a football program in our community," said Turner's nominator, Summerside's Bob Mueller. "He has purchased equipment with his own money, recruited and taught both kids and parents, and faced a lot of adversity. He has even been awarded the Mayor's medal of honour, recognizing those who have made outstanding contributions to the social, economic or cultural life of Summerside."
Over the past 15 years the NFL Youth Coach of the Year award has contributed more than $180,000 in equipment to deserving programs, and has put the spotlight on the grassroots-level coaches who are the engines that drive football in Canada.
"At all levels of the game, volunteer coaches play a critical role in enabling thousands of participants the opportunity to enjoy the sport each year," said Shannon Donovon, Executive Director, Football Canada. "Football Canada is proud to support the recognition of deserving coaches who give back to their communities, passing on their passion for the game to future generations."