London Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction

Celebrating sports and creating opportunities for children and youth to reach beyond disability.

Sports Celebrities

Each year, the event welcomes and recognizes local, regional and national sports stars and their contributions to sports in Canada.

Head Table

Jackie Redmond - Emcee

Jackie Redmond is a graduate of the Guelph-Humber Media Studies program who is now working as an on-air personality at Rogers Sportsnet.

She is currently a national network anchor on Sportsnet’s flagship highlight show, Sportsnet Central as well as the host and producer of Sportsnet’s popular Plays of the Month and Misplays of the Month countdowns.

Jackie has hosted various studio programs and reported from the field covering everything from hockey to WWE to international swimming.

Caroline Cameron - Emcee

Caroline Cameron is a television sportscaster for Sportsnet.

She currently lives in Toronto and co-anchors the national late night/early morning version of Sportsnet Central.

Cameron has covered many teams and leagues over her career including the NHL, MLB, NBA, CIS, ATP and WTA.

Cameron is a proud graduate of the University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College’s Media Theory and Production (Broadcast Journalism) program.

Roberto Alomar

Roberto Alomar is the only baseball player inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a Toronto Blue Jay.

A native of Puerto Rico, his career spanned 17 seasons.

Robbie was a 12-time All-Star and won 10 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, which is the most ever by a second basemen.

He received 4 Sliver Slugger Awards for second base and was named the American League Championship Series MVP in 1992.

While with the Blue Jays, Robbie won 2 World Series tittles (1992 and 1993). He was enshrined into the Blue Jays Level of Excellence in April of 2008 and later had his famous number 12 retired on July 31, 2011.

Bret "The Hitman" Hart

Trained in Calgary’s infamous Hart family dungeon by his father, influential wrestling promoter Stu Hart, Bret Hart made his professional debut for Stampede Wrestling in 1978. Over the following two decades, “The Hitman” became one of the most recognizable pro wrestlers on the planet during a dramatic 22-year career that took him to the very top of the world’s best promotions.

Wrestling skills aren’t the only lessons Hart learned from his father, who was awarded the Order of Canada in 2000 for a lifetime of contributions to charity and community in Calgary. Hart has always taken seriously his position as a role model for children and spent countless hours with sick and dying fans during his career.

John Scott

John Scott made waves across the NHL and greater sports world when a lighthearted campaign to vote him in as an NHL All-Star caught fire and the world came to know this journeyman defenceman.

Undrafted, his career started as a walk-on in 2006 and spanned 10 years until his recent retirement.

Born in Edmonton, but growing up in St. Catharines, Ontario, John graduated from Michigan Tech University with a mechanical engineering degree.

Known as an enforcer on the ice, John is more concerned with being the best man he can be off-ice as a team leader, a committed volunteer and Father of four daughters.

John and his wife Danielle have four wonderful daughters: Eva, Gabrielle, Estelle, and Sofia.

Richard McLaren - 2017 Sportsperson of the Year

Richard McLaren’s contributions to a groundbreaking investigation into state-sponsored doping at and surrounding the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics has earned the Western University law professor another honour: London Sportsperson of the Year.

McLaren says, “The TVCC provides young people with the support and encouragement they need to overcome their challenges. For our community and the 8,000 children, youth and their families that they help, the women and men who work at TVCC are true Olympic champions. I am proud to be associated with them and grateful for this honour.”

Richard McLaren is Senior Professor of Law at Western University where he teaches in the areas Alternative Dispute Resolution, Contracts, Banking, Commercial Law, Secured Financing, Real Property Financing, Debtor-Creditor Rights, Sports Law, Bankruptcy and Insolvency and Business Law.

He has published in a wide range of areas, including sports dispute resolution and business law.

He is also Counsel to McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP and has extensive practical experience as a commercial lawyer and a labour and commercial arbitrator and mediator and international investigator.

He is also a founder and CEO of McLaren Global Sport Solutions Inc. a company directed at ethical issues in governance and integrity in sport.

Cole Martin - TVCC Ambassador

Cole Martin is 16 years old.

He currently attends South Huron District High School.

He is in grade 11 and when he is finished with high school he plans to further his education and work in the music industry.

Prior to his birth Cole was diagnosed with bilateral fibular hemimelia (absence of bones in his lower leg) and congenital Talipes Equinovarus (also known as club foot).

Along with this Cole also had an absence of some of the structures in the foot.

At the age of 6 ½ months, Cole had both feet amputated. Within hours of his surgery he had kicked both leg casts off.

Cole has tried many sports, including figure skating, swimming, running and basketball. His favourite “sport” to date is video gaming )

Cole has received physiotherapy through Thames Valley Children’s Center and has also benefitted from the use of the equipment rental at TVCC throughout the years.

Cole is honoured to be the 2017 TVCC Client Ambassador.

JJ Piccinich

The New Jersey native came to the Knights in 2015 after playing at Boston University.

That season he had 66 points in 66 games played 30 of those points being goals and was part of the teams Memorial Cup run and victory.

He was named captain of the Knights for 2016-17 and has been over a point a game per player.

Piccinich is a 4th round selection of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2014

Tyler Parsons

The London Knights #1 netminder has seen it all in the last couple of years.

Initially joining the Knights as a free agent in 2014, Parsons played 33 games that first year.

In 2015 Parsons took the #1 spot in the Knights net and backstopped the team in 49 games with a 2.33 GAA including a trip to Red Deer where the team won the CHL’s top prize in the Memorial Cup.

In the summer he was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 2nd round.

And then this past December Parsons and Team USA battled to win the gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.

Shelina Zadorsky

Zadorsky is a London native who has done it all in the soccer world.

She started with the Canadian program in 2007 and won a bronze medal at the CONCACAF U-17 Championship in 2008.

Since then has won several international awards and titles including playing for the Australian W-League club and the Swedish top-division.

Currently she plays for Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League and the Canada women’s national soccer team.

Zadorsky was part of the Canadian bronze medal winning womens soccer team at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Royce White

The feel-good story of the 2016-17 National Basketball League of Canada season already belongs to Royce White of the London Lightning.

The 25-year-old native of Minneapolis is making a comeback after many had written off the former NCAA Division 1 star forward.

Royce was the first-round selection, 16th overall, of the NBA Houston Rockets in 2012.

Considered a can’t-miss prospect at 6-foot-8,he could do it all. But he never played a game with the Rockets.

Suffering from a mixture of anxiety disorder, panic attacks and obsessive-compulsive disorder, any number of things can set off the issue, including travel. And flying in the NBA is a necessity. He was traded to Philadelphia, then picked up by Sacramento off waivers in March 2014, but played only three games before being released.

Royce hadn’t played in two years when he joined the Lightning but immediately found a home in London and is quickly establishing himself as one of the NBLC’s premiere players.

When he’s not on the court, Royce continues his life’s work advocating for those with mental health issues.

Kyle Julius

Kyle became the first former National Basketball League of Canada player to make the jump to head coach when he took over the Mississauga Power in 2014.

However, that job was short-lived when the team folded upon creation of an NBA Development League team in that city.

Julius, who came from an NCAA Division 1 and CIS all-Canadian playing career, had played two games with the London Lightning in 2011 and when team owner Vito Frijia went looking for a new head coach in 2015, he looked no further than Kyle, who currently is the only Canadian head coach in the NBLC. The 37-year-old native of Thunder Bay started his athletic career as a hockey player but his interest in basketball grew in Grade 8 when he began training with Lakehead University’s star point guard John LaPlante.

Kyle is also a former Canadian national team member.

Table of Honour

Ferras Hayek

A volunteer basketball coach at Westminster secondary school, Farras Hayek led a grassroots effort to refurbish the public basketball courts at White Oaks Park.

Fueled by childhood memories of shooting hoops at the aging courts, Hayek, a business student at Fanshawe College, raised $25,000 from Kraft Project Play and $25,000 from the City of London so that a new generation of players could create memories of their own.

Jason Hathaway

Capping an outstanding career with back-to-back NASCAR Touring Series Most Popular Driving Awards for the Pinty’s Series, Jason Hathaway took his foot off the gas pedal last September to retire from full-time racing.

The St. Thomas native, who began at Delaware Speedway, is one of only two drivers to compete in all 121 Pinty’s races after NASCAR took over CASCAR in 2007, the other being DJ Kennington.

Hathaway enjoyed a storybook finish to his career, winning the final race.

Mike Marcoccia

Marcoccia is the League1 Ontario West Division women’s coach of the year.

He led FC London to a title-winning 14-2-0 record this past season while the team averaged 3.1 goals per match and only 0.94 goals against.

Marcoccia also announced his retirement as a player in October after scoring 14 goals for the FC London men’s team, West Division champions and League1 Ontario finalists in their first season with the provincial circuit.

Quinton Twohey

Twohey is Fanshawe College’s first ever OCAA men’s baseball Player of the Year after batting .412 and leading the Falcons in RBIs (20) and stolen bases (8) this past season.

He helped lead the Falcons to an OCAA silver medal and was named an OCAA Championship All-Star before the team went to the National College Baseball Championship and became 2016 National Champions.

Nolan Anderson

A three-time OUA All-Star, Nolan Anderson just finished his fifth season with the Western Mustangs baseball program, helping his team win back-to-back OUA Championship titles in 2015 and 2016.

The London-native and engineering student is also a former OUA Rookie of the Year, earning the honour back in 2012.

Ary Tsotras

Despite being diagnosed with a progressive eye disease that causes blindness, Ary Tsotras qualified for the Boston Marathon in April, running with the help of a guide.

Since returning to London, Tsotras has founded a local chapter of Achilles Canada, an organization that encourages people with disabilities to take up running.

Melissa Lee

A co-captain of the women’s tennis team, Lee helped lead the Western Mustangs to the 10th OUA Women’s Tennis Championship in program history this past October with an upset over the top-ranked York Lions.

Lee, along with partner Aurthi Muthukumaran, went undefeated in doubles play at the championship, defeating duos from McMaster, Montreal, and York.

Laura Vere

Fourth year student-athlete Laura Vere is a CCAA academic all-Canadian and current captain of the Fanshawe Falcons women’s basketball team.

This season, she’s averaging 10.7 points per game, 6.6 rebounds per game and 5.3 assists per game.

Vere currently sits second in the OCAA and third in the CCAA in assists. She was named team MVP in 2015/16 as well as second-team all-star.