It is with deep sadness that we join in mourning the sudden passing of Jacob Ranton on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at the age of 20.
Jacob touched many lives including his wonderful friends and teammates in Waterloo as well as his second family at Memorial University. His involvement in many sports, student leadership and volunteering allowed him to positively influence, make a difference and find a place in everyone’s heart. You are incredibly loved and will be greatly missed, our “Gentle Giant”.
Jacob played his High School basketball at WCI and finished as a WCSSAA All-Star. He spent his entire Club career with the Waterloo Wildhawks winning a number of Ontario Cup Gold Medals.
Murphy Burnatowski, a former KW Viper, has just joined the list of Vipers who have become professional basketball players. He just signed to play for Slask, a club in Wroclaw, Poland. They play in Poland's Division 1.
Murphy was recently named Colgate University (D1 in New York state) Athlete of the Year and had 4 good workouts with the Toronto Raptors.
He has also been a member of Canada's National teams including the Senior Men.
It is with a very heavy heart that we must bid farewell to a very special boy and KW Viper Bantam basketball player.
Jayant (Jay) Kumar passed away on Friday, May 9, 2014 after a very brief struggle with a very aggressive, rare brain tumour known as DIPG. He was 13.
As a member of the KW Vipers throughout his short career (Novice - Bantam), he was the team's leader and top player. In the spring/summer of 2013, he was part of the OBA's T.I.D.P. for the Tri-County region and was selected to represent us as one of the top 10 players in the area.
His uncle writes ... "With a very heavy heart we must bid farewell to a very special boy. With his infectious smile and contagious laugh he brought so much joy to everyone he met. A perfect son, a precious grandson, an awesome brother, an amazing nephew, an incredible cousin, a loyal friend, a beautiful person, never could we have asked for any more. Always to be loved and never to be forgotten, we pray you are in a better place now. You will be in our hearts forever and we know you will watch over us. Until we meet again......"
He will be truly missed.
Donations can be made to BRAIN TUMOR FOUNDATION OF CANADA
KW Vipers will be honouring Jay in our future. The team will be hosting a Memorial 3 on 3 tournament on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Huron Heights SS. More info on this will be available soon.
The KW Youth Basketball Association has entered into a 3 year partnership with Spalding Canada through their online registration partner SportSavvy. This partnership will benefit all parties and allow the YBA to continue to develop their programs while keeping participation fees as low as possible. As the OBA Club-of-the-Year for 2012, the YBA is striving to maintain this status.
For further information and reaction to this partnership, please click here.