THE GREEN RIBBON - TRIBUTE TO "COACH KELLY", News (Newmarket Minor Hockey)

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Oct 03, 2020 | Lynda Carusi | 805 views
This week the NMHA kicks off our 64th Season. We start this journey with a new name and new logo. We start this season with new rules, new division names for the various age groups and new protocols in the way we must operate.

You will notice that two of our divisions have been named the Kirk Kelly Hero division and Kirk Kelly Memorial division. Besides a new logo on our jerseys our players will also all have a green ribbon on those jerseys.

This ribbon is in memory of, and tribute to, Kirk Kelly, ‘Coach’. Kirk was a long-time volunteer not only for the NMHA but in various other community service groups. He made a huge impact to many throughout his life and amongst those contributions, he always seemed to cherish his time helping the NMHA and we are all the better for it.

Prior to receiving a donor kidney a few years ago, Kirk spent many years on dialysis and travelled the Province speaking for the Ontario Renal Network bringing forth his knowledge, understanding and humanity to the issues of renal failure to many families. Green is the colour that represents the Ontario Renal Network and thus the green ribbon.

We want everyone to understand what this ribbon represents.It’s a tribute to the man who gave of himself so selflessly and was an inspiration to so many. His service to our community should not and will not be forgotten. This particular cause was not only personal for Kirk, but so very important to him that the NMHA wanted to remember his legacy in this way.  Thank you again for your inspiration Coach!