Congratulations to Jim Skitsko, Adam Cooper and Marlow Weldon who have been recognized for their contributions to Minor Football in Alberta.
2020 Hall of Fame/Life Membership Award
Jim Skitsko, Sherwood Park Rams – Jim took over as Head Coach of the bantam Sherwood Park Rams in 1996 after the team had gone a collective 2-16 over the previous two seasons. Over the next 23 seasons he led them to 19 Capital District League finals and won the Championship 13 times. During that time the Rams won the Provincial Tier I Championship 9 times including one stretch of 4 in a row between 2003 and 2006 during which the team went 57-0-1. More than the on-field success of the team, Jim was instrumental in making the Rams a true community program, creating a golf tournament where the profits have gone to bursaries for post-secondary education fees for close to 200 former Ram players. The type of players he recruited and developed over the years have had a long-term benefit for the local high schools as well. Sherwood Park is known across Canada as a football hotbed and producer of elite talent and one of the biggest reasons is the Sherwood Park Rams as they have been for the past two decades under Jim Skitsko.
2020 Awards of Merit
Adam Cooper, Sherwood Park Rams – As COVID has forced constant re-planning, Adam was a major reason the RAMS were able to continue to offer one of the best minor football experiences in the province. As a young coach he set the standard within the organization with his efforts to not only keep the game alive and to follow the protocols, but to build a better foundation so that the game and the organization could continue to offer an amazing experience to the youth in Sherwood Park.
Marlow Weldon, Sherwood Park Rams Atom – COVID had significantly impacted the registration numbers in 2020 and the RAMS were no different in dealing with this unfortunate reduction. Before the season even began, the RAMS lost 18 Atom aged players to the Provincial Health rule on one sport play. This left the RAMS Atoms in a position of not having enough players to even offer a program. While this would be deflating to most people, Marlow simply continued to be a positive influence in finding solutions, continually recruiting players and finding creative solutions to the ever-changing COVID forced realities. As a result, Marlow quietly recruited and built up the registration numbers eventually assembling a small cohort of Atom kids and led a fantastic experience for all involved.
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