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The International Women's Baseball Center would like to recognize the value, diversity, and cultural significance of women in baseball through a week-long celebration of players, umpires, coaches, owners, and more!

July 24-30, 2017
#WomeninBaseballWeek 
International Women's Baseball Center
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Check out Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum's very own Helen Nicol!

Inducted 1996 Multisport Athlete

Helen Nicol began her outstanding career as a multisport athlete in the 1930s in the Calgary area. She competed in softball, baseball, hockey, speed skating, and golf for more than forty years.

During her years as a softball pitcher, she played for several teams including the Calgary Chinooks, Avenue Grill Cooks, Parkhill Vic's, Wittichens, the Edmonton Army & Navy Pats, Walkrites, and the William Wrigley's All-American Glamor Girls Softball Club in Chicago, IL. Helen Nicol was an original member of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1943 to 1954. During her professional years as a right-handed hurler, she pitched in 313 games and won 163 of them. She was the only pitcher to start as a pitcher in 1943 and pitch her entire 10-year career in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The League was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York in 1988. The movie A League of Their Own features Helen Nicol and other players of that famous League.

Read more: http://ashfm.ca/component/k2/nicol-helen

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If you haven't had a chance to view the 2017 Induction Banquet on ShawTV, you can check it out on YouTube!

The 2017 Induction Banquet was held May 26, 2017. The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum welcomed new inductees to our Hall, and celebrated returning Honoured Member alumni and our 60th Anniversary!

Check it out:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPkOIxzaP2Q&feature=youtu.be

 

Article from CBC News: Wilton Littlechild sees his dream come true at World Indigenous Nations Games
'It's our expression being lived out,' says Treaty 6 grand chief

It's a dream that's been 40 years in the making — the vision of Treaty 6 Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild to bring together Indigenous athletes from around the world.

Now, the World Indigenous Nations Games (WIN Games) have come alive, with athletes from 14 different countries descending upon Littlechild's home community of Ermineskin Cree Nation, the Ecoch Cree Nation and Alexis Nakota Sioux First Nation.

"It's been a very emotional time for me," said Littlechild. "Over the years we've tried many, many, many times to host the games…. We were met with a lot of resistance."

Littlechild recalled making the first resolution back in the summer of 1977 to the United Nations in Sweden, proposing to create an Indigenous world games based on the Olympic model. He wanted to make sure the cultural component of Indigenous traditions was included. But the idea took decades to come to fruition.

In 1967, Littlechild graduated with a bachelor of physical education degree and went on to earn a master's degree in physical education from the University of Alberta.

Being an exceptional athlete himself, Littlechild won more than 50 provincial, regional, national and international championships. He has been inducted into seven sports halls of fame.

Playing hockey and competing in swimming as a young man were activities that Littlechild said helped keep him on track.  

In 1976, he made history by becoming the first treaty Indian from Alberta to obtain a law degree from the University of Alberta. He is a respected lawyer that has carried his trade into advocacy work at the United Nations.

Members of the Oceania Global Region delegation pose for photos at the World Indigenous Nations Games opening ceremony on Monday. (Brandi Morin)

While proposing the WIN Games at the UN level, Littlechild helped establish the North American Indigenous Games in 1990, held in Edmonton.

"Once we developed regionally, we were ready for the world games. But again, I had hoped that they would be in Canada first, since the genesis of the idea was here," he said.

"But we couldn't do it," he added, citing financial and logistical restraints and a lack of support from corporate and government sponsors.

"So it's been sometimes saddening to witness the resistance to the celebration, but at the same time it's one of encouragement and it's one of happiness to see that we're actually going to do it now. But I think sometimes when we're challenged like we were — I think when you have that kind of challenge, the flip side of that is motivation to say, 'No, we're going to do it and we will do it.'"

The first WIN Games were held in Palmas, Brazil, two years ago and featured over 2,000 Indigenous athletes competing in various sporting events over 10 days.

Littlechild traveled to Brazil as part of the executive organizing team and mapped out a vision for the next round to be held in Alberta.

He believes that sports and culture are intertwined with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

"Article 31 calls on the world to recognize that cultural manifestation includes traditional games and sports. That wording is specifically there," he said.

"It's also important to acknowledge that we have now a right. We have a right to play, we have a right to culture, we have a right to be happy, and we have the right to express that through traditional games and sport. It's our expression being lived out."

 

Focus on reconciliation

 

One of the main themes of the games is a focus on reconciliation. Reconciliation is especially close to Littlechild's heart and spirit after spending time as a commissioner with the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

"With the games we can motivate our people to reclaim culture, reclaim language, and to experience the pride of who we are," he said.

Littlechild is inviting people of all backgrounds to check out the World Indigenous Nations Games, which run until Sunday. (Brandi Morin)

"We have a positive way forward and a good future that we're walking into — a message that these games will help provide healing in our community, which is an important step in reconciliation."

At the WIN Games, spectators will be treated to demonstrations of Indigenous culture from around the world, the likes of which may not been seen in this territory again.

Littlechild invites people of all backgrounds to come out and see the action. Even if some may be hesitant to go right into the reserve, he assures everyone is welcome.

"Our community is very rich in different ways. Yes, we have challenges and I think we're not trying to hide the challenges. That's why I think it's important for people to come to our territory. Come and see the poor housing, come and see the poverty, come and see the challenges we face with violence. But this is a counter to that," he said.

"This lifts up. We may be poor in some ways, but we're rich in other ways, and one of the ways we're rich is through our culture and ceremony."

 

DAVE SEMENKO CELEBRATION OF LIFE
THURSDAY, JULY 6 AT 2:00 PM
ROGERS PLACE

As you are most likely aware, we lost Oilers legend Dave Semenko this week after a short, but courageous battle with cancer.

The Semenko Family and Oilers Organization will host a very special Celebration of Life for Dave at 2:00 PM (MT) on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Rogers Place. Dave’s family, friends and former teammates will take the opportunity to share memories and celebrate the life of a beloved father, brother, son, teammate and friend.

The public is also invited to attend the celebration. Public seating in Rogers Place will be general admission, but will be ticketed. Tickets will be made available free-of-charge beginning Saturday, July 1 at 10:00 AM (MT) via ticketmaster.ca. There is a limit of four seats per person. The public is asked to only secure the number of seats they are sure to use. Doors for the celebration will open at noon. Please note there will be no food or beverage service available.

Ticket Master: Get Tickets Now

Press Release June 15, 2017

The Bow Valley True Sport and Recreation Council, is pleased to announce the establishment of the Bow Valley Sports Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is being established to honour outstanding Bow Valley athletes, championship teams and sport builders as well as preserving the history of Bow Valley sport.  The new Hall will build on the good work of the Banff Sports Hall of Fame, which was established in 2005, but has been inactive since 2008.

The mission of the Bow Valley Sports Hall of Fame is threefold:

•To honour individuals and teams from the Bow Valley who have distinguished themselves in sport, recreation, and mountain leisure

•To assist in the development of future contributions to athletic pursuits

•To promote our inductees to both residents and visitors to the Bow Valley

There will be three categories within the Hall that will recognize the athletic achievements of residents from the Bow Valley:

•Athlete: direct participant in sport, recreation or mountain leisure 

•Builder: conducting athletes in a leadership capacity... coach, trainer, manager, official, administrator, etc.

•Pioneer: athletes or builders that made a significant impact on the development of sport within the Bow Valley for more than 50 years before the current date

The Hall will be led by a Board of Directors comprised of: 

•Two residents from the Town of Banff – Bruce Henry / Graham MacDonald

•Two residents from the Town of Canmore – Jim Younker / John McIsaac

•Two Board members from the Council – Lauren Shearston / Bob Ellard

•Others who may be agreed upon by the above noted members

All previous Inductees to the Banff Hall of Fame will be the first inductees to the Bow Valley Sports Hall of Fame.

The Bow Valley Sports Hall of Fame will be located in the Fenlands Arena Lobby area, the current home of the Banff Sport Hall of Fame.  It is our hope that the new Hall will grow and expand to the point that a standalone physical location will be required.

In concert with this announcement, we will be hosting the First Annual Bow Valley Sports Hall of Fame Dinner on Thursday September 28, 2017, at the Banff Park Lodge, with Guest Speaker Olympic Gold Medalist Beckie Scott.

The Bow Valley True Sport and Recreation Council provides resources and forges relationships to educate and develop ethical & physical literacy of recreation and sports providers and participants of all ages and skill levels.

Question may be directed to Bob Ellard at (403) 862-3629, or

Were you unable to attend the 2017 Induction Banquet?  Shaw TV has several opportunities to watch!

Shaw Direct (Across Canada)

Wednesday, July 5, 6:30 pm PST

Friday, July 7, 6:30 am PST

Watch Online - YouTube

Shaw TV Red Deer

Includes Red Deer, Innisfail, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe, Blackfalds, Stettler, Lloydminster, Jasper, Hinton, Edson, and Drayton Valley areas.

Tues, June 27: 8:00 pm
Wed, June 28: 4:00 pm
Thur, June 29: 8:00 pm
Fri, June 30: 8:00 pm
Sat, July 1: 4:00 pm  &  8:00 pm

Shaw TV Fort McMurray

Includes Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo areas

Thur, June 29: 7:00 pm
Fri, June 30: 7:00 pm
Sat, July 1: 7:00 pm
Sun, July 2" 7:00 pm

Shaw TV  -  Fort McMurray: 4 pm

Shaw TV Calgary

Includes Calgary, Okotoks, and Airdrie areas.

Wed, June 28: 2:00 pm
Thur, June 29: 1:00 pm
Fri, June 30: 8:00 pm
Sun, July 2: 1:00 pm

Shaw TV Edmonton

Tues, July 4: 9:30 am
Wed, July 5: 5:00 pm
Thur, July 6: 7:00 pm

Shaw TV Medicine Hat

Sun, July 2: 5:30 pm
Wed, July 5: 7:00 pm
Sat, July 8: 7:00 pm

Shaw TV Lethbridge & Pincher Creek

Sun, July 2: 8:00 pm
Wed, July 5: 5:00 pm
Sat, July 8: 5:00 pm

Shaw TV 4C