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Hawks to honour Cameron Heights' Ron Bell
WATERLOO, Ont. (April 5, 2012) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks football team is set to honour former Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute football coach Ron Bell as the High School Football Coach of the Year at the 13th Annual Friends of Golden Hawk Football Reception and Dinner Presented by Sun Life Financial later this month.

The award, which will be presented for the first time at the April 26th event, will recognize one individual from the Kitchener-Waterloo region who has shown a long-term dedication to high school football in the area.  

Bell, who was the head coach of the senior football team from 1969 until 1998, won 183 games with the Golden Gaels including nine city championships. He also guided the team to an impressive 21 straight appearances in the semifinals.

A native of Ottawa, Bell began his football career as a player, suiting up for the Western Mustangs from 1964 to 1968. Following his time in university, he was drafted in the third round of the Canadian Football League draft only to see his professional career end abruptly when he suffered a serious injury in his first training camp. Following the injury, he moved into teaching and has been a part of the Cameron Heights staff ever since.

Even in retirement, Bell has continued to be involved with the Golden Gaels football program acting as an assistant coach since 1999. He has also used the relationships developed with his players to raise money for the Caring Partners Global program which provides education opportunities for children in Kenya.

Thanks to his support of football in the local community, the Golden Hawks will donate $500 to the Cameron Heights' equipment fund for the upcoming season.

Tickets for Friends of Golden Hawk Football Reception and Dinner are still available and can be purchased by visiting www.laurierathletics.com/footballdinner.

For more information on the event, please contact JON KURSIKOWSKI at jkursikowski@wlu.ca or by phone at 519-884-0710 ext. 3289.
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