We are extremely honoured to have been chosen by the Jerry Bender Memorial Fund to facilitate the Kaizen Player of the Month Program this season. This program serves to recognize players for their team spirit, perseverance, and passion in life and sport rather than their stats.
Recipients will be selected using a “ballot process” by their teammates and coaches and nominees should be a player who most exemplifies the following qualities / characteristics:
The program will be available to all 7 of our Kaizen teams with each team's specific month assigned throughout the season.
The Jerry Bender Memorial Fund was established in 2015 after Jerry sadly lost his battle with brain cancer. In life, Jerry was a passionate supporter of his children’s athletic pursuits, in addition to youth community and elite sporting programs in Calgary and its surrounding area. Jerry coached community soccer and lacrosse, minor hockey and minor/Little League baseball, in addition to his numerous hours as parent volunteer and “chief cheerleader” within our own Kaizen organization. As a parent and a coach, Jerry focused on nurturing his players’ love of the game, in addition to developing their self-confidence and life skills both on and off the field. In receiving this award, it is his family’s hope that the recipients will continue to be encouraged to exhibit the qualities and characteristics for which they are being recognized.
The memorial fund is administered by the Bender family who have been heavily involved with the Kaizen Organization for 9 years. Alissa is a Kaizen Alumni who continues to give back to our organization as a valued coach and mentor for our players. Kim has dedicated her free time over the past number of years to support the success of our organization and currently serves on the Kaizen Board as our Treasurer.