Registration 2015

By my quick count, Saturday September 12 is a mere 54 days away! That is the date for registration for the 2015-16 season of the “Pete” Petersen Basketball League. In the weeks ahead we will be sending out reminders, and we intend to advertise again in the Kingston Whig Standard Fall Activity Guide as well. Here are the details:

Registration Date: Saturday September 12, 2015
Location: St. Patrick School, 158 Patrick Street
Time: 9-10:30 am.
Cost for the season: $10 (cash, or cheques made payable to the “Pete” Petersen Basketball League)
Boys- 8-15; Girls 8-14
All ages are the age that the player will be on April 1, 2016
No Pre-registration
Divisional breakdown for this season:
Little Guys Division: Boys 8-10 – Tuesday nights at St. Pat’s
Biddy Division: Boys 11-12 – Monday nights at St. Pat’s
Graduate Division: Boys 13-15 – Monday nights at Ecole Cathedrale
Little Gals Division: Girls 8-10 – Thursday nights at St. Pat’s
Girls Division: Girls 11-14 – Wednesday nights at St. Pat’s

FAQ #1: We are often asked by parents what they should do if they are going to be away for registration. Another friend or relative can register your child and you will then need to sign the permission form before the child can participate. Please do not ask members of our league executive to register your children for you. We have many jobs that need our full attention on registration day and we will have to tell you no when you ask.

More details, and answers to frequently asked questions will be coming in the weeks ahead. If you have questions requiring immediate answers, please do not hesitate to ask them by e mail or through the Facebook page or web site.

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Station 14 Coverage

Our thanks to Station 14 reporter David Pietrangelo for his story about Pete and the league name change. You can view the story on the Station 14 web site or on our Facebook page.

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Whig Standard Article

The following story written by Patrick Kennedy, will appear in the Kingston Whig Standard tomorrow morning. It is available on line now. Our thanks to Pat for helping get the message on the league name change out to a wide audience!

Youth League Honours Late Founder

KINGSTON — The Knights of Columbus Basketball League, a fixture in the city’s sports community for six decades, has been renamed in honour of its founder. Beginning with Season 61 this autumn, the popular youth roundball loop will be known as the ‘Pete’ Petersen Basketball League.
“Can you think of a better way to cement Pete’s legacy?” league president Roland Billings asked rhetorically.
The decision to change the name was made at the league’s annual general meeting in May and announced last weekend on the one-year anniversary of Petersen’s passing.
Billings said the league executive wanted to ensure that Pete’s name and indomitable spirit live on.
“We wanted to make sure that future generations of players understand the legacy of the man who started the league,” reasoned Billings. “Pete was a tremendous influence on the lives of thousands of children and adults in the community.
“If you name a trophy after someone, after a few years it tends to lose meaning and it becomes just another trophy,” he added. “We wanted people, the second and even third generation of players as well as future volunteers, to realize who started it all.”
Added longtime volunteer Greg McAuley: “Five, 10 years down the line, when kids ask ‘Who’s Pete Petersen?’ we want them to know he’s the guy who got this whole thing going and who nurtured the rest of us.”
In 1955, Kingston native Petersen, a sports-minded caretaker at St. Patrick’s School, rounded up two ragtag teams to play a weekly game of hoops in the school gym. “It wasn’t long before we were running seven days a week,” Pete — Don was his seldom-used front name — told a newspaper pal on the occasion of the league’s 50th birthday in 2005.
Now in its seventh decade of playing ‘’just for the fun of it,” today’s setup features 38 teams, five divisions, 475 players and a volunteer force 100 strong – “the key to the operation,” noted the president.
“No one’s above anyone else and no one’s paid a dime,” said Billings, one of several selfless souls with 30-plus years of service. “Everything goes back to the kids. That’s the volunteer model Pete used, usually by barking, ‘Hey! Quit holding up that wall and grab a broom!’ ”
Pete, who died at age 77, once proclaimed, falsely, that his lone claim to fame in the league was that he “put the first ball in the air.” Given the founder’s unflagging humility, the name switch had to be a posthumous accolade.
“We knew Pete would never ever go for this,” Billings pointed out. “He was modest, self-effacing and would’ve fought this tooth and nail.”
(In a related item, around the time the league rubber-stamped the renaming, a deep rumble emanated from beneath the sod at St. Mary’s Cemetery.)
Pete might’ve objected, but he’d have been the only one.
“The reaction and response we’ve received has been extremely positive,” noted Billings.
The league with the new name will one day need a new venue, what with the cozy, cramped gym and St. Patrick’s itself slated to close at the end of the coming school year.
“We’ve been told we’ll have a spot somewhere,” a confident Billings reported.
That spot may well be the planned new separate school in Rideau Heights.
“We look forward to continuing our 60-year relationship with the league and are committed to its goals,“ said Jody DiRocco, director of education of the Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board.
The school board big-wig also confirmed that the gym in the new school will be named after the jovial janitor.
Over at the Division Street graveyard, the subterranean rumblings grew in intensity.

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FISU Summer Games

This month Sarah Barnes, a member of our executive and a coach in the Girls Division, is travelling with the Canadian Women’s Team at the International University Sports Federation Summer Games in Gwangju South Korea. Sarah is the team manager. The team has started out strongly in the tournament, defeating Hungary 70-65 over the weekend, and the host Korean team 94-42 this morning.
The men are also enjoying early success, with three straight wins over Sweeden (78-61), Mexico (81-61) and Montenegro (66-63).
There is an FISU mobile app if you are interested in following the team for the rest of the tournament.

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League Golf Tournament

On Friday July 3 the first annual Don “Pete” Petersen Golf Tournament to raise money for his league was held at the Inverary Golf and Country Club. 16 teams of golfers enjoyed a day of golf and camaraderie, prizes and a delicious meal. Close to $3000 was raised that will go a long way to deferring our operating costs this season, and will help ensure that we can keep our registration fee at $10 per player for the season.
Our thanks to the staff at Inverary for their support, to the golfers that came out, and to the many individuals and businesses that donated prizes and sponsored holes around the course. A full list of the prize donators and hole sponsors will appear here and on the league Facebook page as soon as it is available.
Special thanks to Rick Hollywood, Heather Hollywood and Erin Finn for their work in organizing the event and procuring prizes. Rick takes the lead on this event each year and we are grateful for his commitment both to this event, and to the basketball league.

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Basketball League Announcement

“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.” Albert Pike.

The Knights of Columbus Basketball League will be operating under a new name starting this coming season. It will now be known as the “Pete” Petersen Basketball League, in recognition of the league founder Don “Pete” Petersen, who passed away one year ago today. Our belief in the ideals that Pete lived by is still in place with the people running the program, as is our commitment to continuing to give the children of the community a safe place to learn and play the game of basketball. From the first day Pete opened the gym of St. Pat’s School and encouraged the children at the school and the neighbourhood to come in and play basketball, this has been his league. The league is his lasting legacy, and we want to make sure that the next generations of players understand his impact on the basketball community in Kingston. We are all positive about the name change, and look forward to the opportunity this represents. We are excited to have a new group of players grow up in the league that Pete built, playing under his name, and learning how much fun the game can be. We ask that you share this post within your networks. We will make the web site and Facebook page name changeover following registration to minimize the confusion for people seeking information about that day.

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Don “Pete” Petersen Spirit Memorial Award

It was Don “Pete” Petersen’s wish that a special award be set up in his memory for graduating high school students with a connection to his basketball league. His family has done that, and the details of how to apply, and the selection criteria are contained in the information below. This is not an award given out by the league, so any inquiries about it should be directed to Pete’s family through the contact information below.

Don “ Pete ” Petersen Spirit Memorial Award
This award was established in Memory of the late Donald “Pete” Petersen founder of the Knights of Columbus Basketball League. Since 1955 the League has given the given the youth of Kingston and the surrounding area the opportunity to learn the game of basketball under the “Just for the Fun of it” atmosphere. Pete was a positive influence for tens of thousands of young people, inspiring many of them to stay with the league as volunteers long after their playing days ended. To continue Pete’s lifetime legacy of giving to the community, the family has established an award of
$ 1000.00 annually to be given to a graduating student continuing post-secondary education who has a history with the Knights of Columbus Basketball League, accomplishments in community volunteer work, school activities, academics, and promising career aspirations who will make a difference in the lives of others, as he did it!
All applications must be completed in full and submitted by the application deadline of July 10th, .2015. in order to be considered by the selection committee.
Applications can be picked up at any of the area high schools or at Walker-Payne Insurance 1335 Princess St, Kingston, Ontario ,Info also at Facebook ; Don Pete Petersen Spirit Award
Your application must be emailed / mailed or dropped off to Bridget Walker-Payne C/O Walker-Payne Insurance @ 1335 Princess St., Kingston, Ontario, K7M3E3, or email By July 10th, 2015.

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Ontario Volunteer Service Swards

Tonight at the Ambassador Hotel, the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards were presented to a large gathering in the main ballroom. In total, people representing 1676 years of volunteer service from our area were recognized with volunteer pins and certificates for their commitment to their community organizations. We are proud to announce that this year the province recognized five of our league volunteers. Sean Murphy (20 years), Rick Hollywood (15 years), Heather Hollywood (15 years), Gloria DeMatos (15 years) and Rob VanHeddegem (15 years). Congratulations to our recipients, and to all of the many long service volunteers in the community that were recognized.

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First Annual Don “Pete” Petersen Memorial Golf Tournament

This is a reminder that there is still time to enter your team in the first annual Don “Pete” Petersen Golf Tournament, which will be held on Friday July 3 at the Inverary Golf and Country Club. Cost for the tournament is $95 per person and includes 2 carts per foursome, your green fees, a prize table and a steak or chicken dinner following the round. The deadline for entries is Monday June 29. To register your foursome please contact Rick Hollywood at 613 539-6765, or the Inverary Golf and Country Club. All proceeds from this event will go to the basketball league.

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Thanks John Capobianco!

Over the weekend John Capobianco renewed our web site domain name for another three years. John is a former player and coach in the league, and even though he is now working in Ottawa, he maintains his connection to the league. As you visit this web site, look around and see the work that John has done for the league. He created this web site for us and continues to be a huge help in maintaining it. THANKS JOHN!

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