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'It's really an honour'

By Steph Crosier, Kingston Whig-Standard/QMI Agency
Sunday, January 4, 2015 8:11:07 EST PM

"One Match" drive

Hi Kingston,

I'm sure many of you are aware of this "One Match" drive, but can't hurt to get it out in case.
Here is a message from our team captain, Greg Faulkner.

Hi everyone,

Some of you may have heard me talking about this but we now have all details so its time to get involved. There is a local high school girl named Mackenzie Curran who is in need of a life saving bone marrow transplant. It is a extremely difficult to find a match so the more people we can get involved the better. Queen's will be having a "One Match" drive on November 29th: Biosciences Atrium from 9am-5pm and ARC from 9am-4pm. There is currently a need for males age 18-35 in the bone marrow registry so it will be a great opportunity for us to help out others.

While it is difficult to find a match it is not impossible. When my high school coach was in school one of his fellow students needed a bone marrow transplant and with the help of a One Match drive they were able to find a donor. The more people that get involved the better the chances. Please tell your friends around campus about the drive on November 29th and encourage them to attend. It is very easy to get checked and can even be done from your home. If you could forward this to your parents, siblings and any other family and encourage them to visit this website ( ) a package can be sent directly to their house for them to get tested.

Below is the email I received from Mackenzie's father giving more detail. If you have any question feel free to ask me.





Hi all,

I am emailing for our Mackenzie.

She is 16 years old and a good student at Regiopolis-Notre Dame in Kingston. She is involved in many activities including Basketball and Hurdles in Track and Field among other sports and clubs. She has been a great volunteer and a really great daughter. When our family friend was dealing with breast cancer she made bracelets and raised over $1600.00 for Breast Cancer research! That is one of the many things she has done over her 16 years.

Mackenzie requires a life saving bone marrow transplant - she has MDS (myelodyplastic syndrome)!

We are asking for your help to organize a "One Match Bone Marrow" drive at your local High School, unions, work, sports organizations and/or public locations.

I will include the One Match contact info below. They have a very simple system in place to organize the drive. It will include a school assembly (in a high school) and a presentation by the One Match representative. It takes 15 minutes. They will need ten to fifteen "Champions" or volunteer assistants that require only one hour of training. After her presentation, the registration time of all of the donors (which only requires a cheek swab) takes about another hour.

It is very well organized and easy to complete.

There will be a public drive on November 2nd in the Portsmouth village area that anyone wishing to donate at and/or to refer people to donate. Details to follow. Shane Johnston is going to refer all correctional workers to this drive and all other organizations can be directed here and not have to organize a location and date.

The optimal donors are male between 17 to 35, and of course women are also needed.

We have included you in this email because you have a personnel connection with our family. It may be as small as seeing us in a gym or as big as being life long friends. It may be your daughter has done Track and Field with Mackenzie or played basketball with or against her. It may be you know Mackenzie's 20 year old sister Kelsey who has come home from Waterloo University to help our family. It could be a friend of yours who asked for the info be forwarded to you because they have the connection and they said you wanted to help. You may be connected with Doug or Joanne. You may be a friend of Mackenzie's and she hoped you would be a champion of support and would look after your school!

All included have the personality to get involved and help others!!!

Please use Mackenzie's name, age (16) and the fact you now have a personnel connection with our family to encourage all you know to donate either for Bone Marrow or Blood donations for those over 35 or both if possible!

May I ask you to contact your friends or teachers who are at other high schools to encourage them to also organize a Bone Marrow drive at their school. If and when you see how easy the One Match Organization will make doing the drive, I believe it is not to much to ask of your colleagues.

If not you than who?

If not now than when?

Our little family is filled with much love and laughter! We are doing our best with our world being turned up side down. Our family is going to do its best to help the others in their time of crisis.

It is very important to Mackenzie and our family to help the One Match program grow, for our daughter as well the next person and family who will require the use of the BONE MARROW REGISTRY!

We can not express what your help and support would mean to our family. Our daughter is not perfect but she is perfect to our family.

By helping Mackenzie as a potential donor, you could also help save the life of a someone who will be near and dear to someone. Please forward to anyone who may help!

Thank you is not enough and no words can convey what this means to our family!

Doug, Joanne, Kelsey and Mackenzie Curran

PS. Please text me at 613-561-6267 if you need any further info

One Match contact:

Jessica Stergiou

Coordinator, Donor Management

OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network

Canadian Blood Services

T: (613) 560-7204

C: (613) 327-7206

F: (613) 560-7192

October 17th, 2013 - Juel Press Release

Cambridge, ON - Allan Bush, President of the K-W Lightning Basketball Club, is pleased to announce the verbal commitment of twin sisters Candice (6'2" F) and Courtney (6'0" G/F) Wright to the University of Vermont, an NCAA Division I school located in Burlington, VT, and a member of the America East Conference. The Wrights have both been awarded a full athletic scholarship and will attend Vermont starting in the 2015-16 academic year.

The University of Vermont has been friendly to Canadians and K-W Lightning alumni over the years. Aaron Yantzi (Waterloo-Oxford) and May Kotsopoulos (WCI) are both former Lightning players who attended Vermont and are among the Catamount women's career scoring leaders. Kotsopoulos ranks 5th in school history (1772 points) while Yantzi sits 7th on the all-time list (1592 points).

Vermont's current assistant coach, Courtnay Pilypaitis, is a native of Orleans, Ontario and competed for Canada in basketball at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Pilypaitis played for Vermont from 2006-2010, and ranks third all-time on the scoring list (1993 career points).

"I am extremely proud of Candice & Courtney for achieving their dream of playing Division I basketball at University of Vermont, where previous Lightning grads Aaron Yantzi and May Kotsopoulos experienced so much success," said K-W Lightning Tri-County JUEL Head Coach Craig Nickel, "Candice & Courtney have improved tremendously since they joined the K-W Lightning organization two years ago due to their outstanding athletic ability and hard work. I look forward to working with them over the next two years to continue their development."

"This is an early offer, which means Vermont had them at the top of their recruiting list for 2015," said Allan Bush. "It's an added bonus that they wanted both equally. My understanding is that the Vermont coaching staff loves the girls'game and they are very excited to have their athleticism joining the program. Courtney and Candice always listened and worked hard to get better, and it has paid off with this signing."

The Wrights were key members of the K-W Lightning's Ontario Basketball Association (OBA) Gold Medal championship team this past season, and have participated on K-W Lightning's AAU Teams the past two summers during tours in the United States and Canada, where they were first noticed by Vermont.

Mark Yolkowski, founder of, a website dedicated to area high-school basketball, echoed Bush's sentiments.

"They were certainly on the recruiting radar for several NCAA programs," said Yolkowski. "It's easy to see why, given their tremendous athleticism and the continuous improvement that those of us who follow basketball in the area have seen from them over the past couple of seasons."

Currently in grade eleven at Jacob Hespeler Secondary School in Cambridge, the Wrights have guided the Hawks to a 6-2 start to their season and a #5 regional ranking among Central-Western Ontario high schools by They will have one more year of high school remaining before enrolling at Vermont in the fall of 2015.

Candice wants to pursue a career in Medicine, while Courtney would like to go into Education. Courtney, an OFSAA Triple Jump champion, will also have the opportunity to pursue Track and Field at Vermont during the basketball off-season.

About K-W Lightning Basketball
KW Lightning Girls Basketball Association is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1993 to develop basketball skills for girls in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. KW Lightning fields competitive rep travel teams for girls at all age levels, has created a skill development program for girls in grade 3 and under, and co-sponsors a non-competitive house league program.

KW Lightning is a member club of Ontario Basketball, the governing body for basketball in Ontario, and a frequent host of the provincial Ontario Cup tournaments at the end of each season.

Their rep program is currently one of the top programs in Canada, having sent 15 graduates to college and university programs in the United States and Canada this year alone.

About, founded by Mark Yolkowski in 2009, is an independent high school basketball website focusing on schools in Central-Western Ontario.

For more information, contact:
Mark Yolkowski,
Cell: (519) 222-8248

Allan Bush, President - K-W Lightning Basketball
Phone: (519) 883-5350

Matt McIntyre, Coach - Jacob Hespeler SS, Cambridge
School Phone: (519) 658-4910

PX2 Sports Program

Oakville Basketball is pleased to present this unique course that focuses on developing the athletes' mind on and off the court. OBC has sought out PX2 , a highly regarded program runner in the field of youth sport psychology to run this program for our players and others in the area that wish to participate.


Date: November 23 & 24

Location: Oakville Basketball Club, 2009 Wyecroft Rd Unit B, Upper Classroom

Cost: $175

Registration Deadline: November 4th


PX2 Sports Program

There's a power in how we think. How we think effects the way we act and behave how we think determines whether or not we will be successful in life. There are many nega- tive influences around us that make it difficult sometimes to choose the right thing. PX2® Sports is a program that has been designed to help high performance athletes develop the ability to focus and manage their minds on and off the playing field.

By learning and understanding how the human mind works, how their current habits, attitudes and beliefs shape their expectations for the future, athletes learn that they are in control of the way they think and can use that power to enhance their performance and the way they live their lives.

What keeps us stuck in our realities is that we either lack knowledge and or a process, PX2 Sports provides both. Scientific research from the cognitive psychological world and a proven process designed by the Pacific Institute that is simple to understand and easy to apply.

Studies have shown that with no goals of our own, we become susceptible to the loud- est voice around us-whether it's good for us or not. PX2 teaches the art and science of goal-setting, combined with a thorough understanding of just how we think, so that student athletes come away with self-confidence, self-esteem and a strong ethical center. It is one thing to know 'the right thing," it's quite another to have the confidence to act on it.

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2013 Juel of Ontario League Championship


We’re looking for players who are not graduating from High School or considering Team Ontario for the summer of 2012, players who are looking for exposure to schools south of the border. The summer schedule will include events that are well run and recognized to attract coaches from some of the top schools in the United States.

JUEL Players will receive the first right-of-refusal to represent the league during the NCAA summer “Live Period” during the month of July 2012. At the conclusion of each team selection, unfilled spots will be opened to non-JUEL players.

The 2012 summer schedule will include the events and their dates are listed below:

Event Logo
July 6-8, 2012 July 9-11, 2012 July 22-24, 2012


Best of Midwest Jam

July 25-27, 2011



Practices will take place at St. Martin Catholic Secondary School (2470 Rosemary Drive, Mississauga, Ontario, L5C 1X2 and Sheridan College in Oakville (1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6H 2L1 - JM Porter Athletic Centre) on the following dates:

  • Thursday May 24, 2012 - St. Martin Catholic
    • 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Sunday May 27, 2012 - Sheridan College
    • 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Thursday May 31 , 2012 - St. Martin Catholic
    • 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Sunday June 3, 2012 - Sheridan College
    • 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Thursday June 7, 2012 - St. Martin Catholic
    • 7:oopm - 10:00pm
  • Sunday June 10, 2012 - Sheridan College
    • 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Thursday June 14, 2012 - St. Martin Catholic
    • 7:oopm - 10:00pm
  • Monday June 25, 2012 - St. Martin Catholic
    • 7:oopm - 10:00pm
  • Wednesday June 27, 2012 - St. Martin Catholic
    • 7:oopm - 10:00pm
  • Tuesday July 3, 2012 - St. Martin Catholic
    • 7:oopm - 10:00pm
  • Wednesday July 4, 2012 - St. Martin Catholic
    • 7:oopm - 10:00pm

Note: Dates may change based on exam schedules

REGISTRATION FEE - $500.00 per player

The fees include the following:

  • Facility rental for May 24, 27, 31, June 3, 7, 10, 14, 25, 27 and July 3, 4, 2012
  • Tournament Registration fees
  • Individual Player Uniforms

Note: Travel and Housing expenses during team workouts and tournament play are not included in the fees. Other arrangements will be made for Players not travelling with their families to and from each tournament.


The 2012 summer schedule will include 2 trips leaving from Mississauga on July 5. The first trip includes travel to Fishers, Indiana to start play on July 6-8 at the USA Tip-Off Classic. After the USA Tip-Off Classic the team will have a travel day and make their way to Lexington, Kentucky to start play on July 9-11 for the “Nike Run for the Roses” then return home.

The second trip will include 2 events; the first will have teams leaving from Mississauga on July 21 heading for Nashville, Tennessee for the “Nike Music City Madness” to start play on July 22-24. Teams will travel on July 24th to Schaumburg, Illinois to play in the “Best of the Midwest Jam” starting on July 25-27 then return home after the conclusion.

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