CJAD Hero of the Month Joel Tyrrell
There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. - Nelson Mandela
Quietly changing the community, one basketball game at a time ... that’s what CJAD’s March Hero has been doing for over 40 years.
For Joel Tyrrell, it all started with a game of pickup basketball in Pointe-Saint-Charles that turned into playing in a competitive local league, which eventually led him to organizing similar activities for kids and teens.
And now, many decades later, he is the founder and volunteer coordinator of the Dawson Community Basketball Program. He is the driving force behind the existence of the Dawson Community Basketball League, which hosts 16 basketball teams with 240 players ages 10 to 17.
His work provides a safe and healthy environment for kids and teens to practice and compete at an elite level. It is also an opportunity for them to further their social, educational and physical development.
For Coach Tyrrell it has never been just about the game, but about affecting them on and off the court. His goal has always been for the kids who come through the program to be passionate and to make something out of their lives.
For anyone else, a seven days a week work schedule might be a hindrance to a fulfilling life, but Coach Tyrrell simply views it as being given an opportunity to give back and, in his words: “is taking it all the way.”