Steve Redmond was born and raised in Guelph. Sports have always played a big part in his life. As a long time athlete, Phys Ed teacher and coach, Steve has seen first-hand the positive influence sports can have on young people. Almost 15 years ago Steve founded a basketball program for people with special needs. Today he is proud that three teams from the program will compete in the Special Olympics this spring. In fact, his son Taylor will be playing on one.
Over 5 years ago Taylor started working with the Department of Athletics on a high school co-op term. He still continues to work part-time and volunteers at the Mitchell Centre and the campus radio station CFRU 93.3 FM. Taylor is seen at almost every football game and proudly interviews many of our top varsity athletes on TaylorVision.
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Steve to find out why he is giving to the new Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre.
Q: What were your reasons for donating to Name-A-Seat in the Building Potential campaign?
A: With Taylor working at the University and being part of the Gryphon family, it makes the donation very meaningful. Taylor and I love all sports…competing, going to games and watching them on TV. Sport is something we can do together, where we have a special bond as father and son. I had the same bond with my father Bill going to sporting events right here on campus for years and years. My wife Barb still loves to go to the Gryphon football games in the Fall.
Naming-A-Seat is a great way for the Redmond family to be strong supporters of all Gryphon athletes, coaches & teams; now and in the future.
Q: Why was it important to you to support the new facilities in particular?
A: I have been involved in education and athletics my entire life as an administrator, athlete, coach and mentor. I believe in the value of sports and competition at all levels for young people on their life journeys. They are character building.
You have world class athletes and coaches here that deserve the best facilities – to continue to train aspiring champions.
The Name-A-Seat initiative is an affordable way for us to support our hometown University, the Guelph community and most importantly all current and future students.
Q: What are your hopes for the new facilities?
A: The new facilities will modernize the campus and the athletic centre. We already have an outstanding track facility and football field. The new building will be there for all Gryphons and the community people to use and enjoy whether for fitness, intramurals or varsity sports.
Q: Why is it important for you to be a part of this legacy?
A: Taylor loves working at the Mitchell Centre and with all the wonderful students and staff. I can see the passion and compassion in the eyes of athletes and coaches that Taylor has interviewed for his TaylorVision segments. We are a part of this Gryphon family and it is a great way for Taylor, my wife and I to support the University together in sport.
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