Like to golf? Like to help others? If you answered yes to one of those questions, then The Wismer Foundation is looking for you.
On September 12 at the Carlisle Golf and Country Club, the Wismer Foundation’s annual golf tournament will take place in support of two award presentations it makes. Registration for the tournament is underway now and sign-up forms and other information are available on line at www.wismerfoundation.org
Proceeds from the day of golf support the Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence and the Wismer Award for Academic and Athletic Excellence. The latter award is presented to a graduating Barton Secondary School student who demonstrates high achievement standards in athletics and academics. The award is presented at the school’s graduation ceremonies and includes a cash scholarship to assist with the student athletes post secondary education.
The highlight of the September golf tournament is the presentation of The High School Coaching Excellence Award. This honour goes to a coach in Hamilton’s public or Catholic high school athletic programs and recognizes that individual’s contribution to the overall development of student athletes.
The coach receiving the award mirrors the qualities that John Wismer possessed and demonstrated during the late coach’s more than three decades in Hamilton as a coach and teacher. In the words of the foundation, the recipient “…best exemplifies the attributes of teacher, coach, and friend personified by John Wismer. This award gives the Hamilton community an opportunity to honour talented, inspiring, and dedicated coaches whose efforts sometimes go unnoticed.”
“The Award recognizes coaches who make a significant contribution to student athletes, and as a result, enhance the status of high school coaching in Hamilton. John Wismer was a talented, innovative and spirited teacher and coach, who for more than thirty-three years inspired student athletes to do their very best at all times in all facets of life. Those he taught, and coached mattered greatly to him, and he cared deeply about their aspirations and well-being. Long after their high school days, he followed their progress and encouraged them to pursue their dreams. John believed in teamwork, and community. Above all, he believed winning in both life and sports was special, and that you got there with focus, determination, and commitment.”
Wismer was a gifted athlete himself, turning down a professional career opportunity in the Canadian Football League, to begin one in teaching in Hamilton.
The Wismer Foundation was started 2002 in tribute to the former Central and Barton teacher’s/coach’s extended contributions to high school sports and athletes. There have been two award winners. George Knill was the inaugural recipient in 2004 and last year Antoinette Krusto won the honour.
Knill, a Wismer coaching rival, mentored athletes at Delta, Glendale, Sir Allan MacNab, Barton, Sir Winston Churchill, and Scott Park. His non-high school coaching include the junior Hamilton Hurricanes, the senior Stoney Creek Patriots and Hamilton Wildcats, and the McMaster Marauders. During theses periods he taught mathematics and author several textbooks.
Krusto’s coaching career began in the elementary system at St. Joan of Arc in 1974. Two years later she was at Cardinal Newman and has been synonymous with the school’s athletics since. Coaching has included field hockey, basketball, swimming, cross country, golf, and boy’s and girls volleyball.
City championships have gone hand-in-hand with Krusto. The Krusto-coached Cardinal Newman midget girls volleyball teams have won five city championships and the junior girls have claimed three city titles. The senior girls volleyball teams have played in 21 of the last 25 championships, winning 21 Hamilton Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association and four Golden Horseshoe Athletic Council titles with four Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association appearances. She also coached Team Hamilton volleyball in the 2000 Children’s International Games.
This year’s golf tournament will have a 1 p.m. shotgun start, followed by a dinner that includes the Coaching Excellence award presentation. Prizes being offered at the tournament include:
- Two year lease for a 2006 Pontiac G6 from Hamilton Motor Products
- $10,000 cash courtesy of Pearson-Dunn Insurance
- One week stay at a luxury home in Port Charlotte, Florida compliments of Southern Sands
- One night stay Muskoka Mist, Huntsville, Ontario compliments of Marlene O’Hara and Rick Petch
- Four hour limousine ride for ten to Casino Niagara compliments of Hamilton Limousine Services
- Sunday Jazz brunch for two in Chagall’s courtesy of the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
The five finalists for this year’s award will be announced on August 15 at a reception at the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.