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13th Man Foundation Presents: The Championship Ring Celebration & Fundraising Dinner

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The Championship Ring Celebration & Fundraising Dinner is an opportunity to celebrate the 2015 Vanier Cup Champions and the UBC Thunderbirds Football Team. The evening will include a sit-down dinner, a Hall of Fame guest speaker, and an amazing selection of live and silent auction items. This event is a great opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2015 UBC Thunderbirds, engage and meet other alumni, and to be a supportive part of the vision that UBC’s football program holds for the future.

Reception begins at 6PM – business attire

Guest Speaker: Warren Moon

Guest Speaker: Warren Moon

Warren Moon is a Pro Football Hall of Fame Quarterback who played for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League, and the Houston Oilers, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, and Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. He is currently the color commentator for the Seahawks radio network.

Master of Ceremonies: Farhan Lalji
Farhan Lalji is the Vancouver Bureau Reporter for SPORTSCENTRE, Canada’s #1 sports news and information program. He continues to be extensively involved in developing and coaching football at the grassroots level in British Columbia – something he’s done for the past 26 years. He is currently the head football coach at New Westminster Secondary School

David Sidoo’s Football Alma Mater Finally Shines Again

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David SidooFor the first time in 18 years, the UBC Thunderbirds Football team reigned victorious and brought home the coveted Vanier Cup to wrap up the 2015 season.

“I don’t think a university or province can be more proud. [The Thunderbirds] ended up accomplishing a goal that they set out to do and against all odds,” said David Sidoo.

If you know of David Sidoo, then you likely also know of his passion for supporting his UBC TBirds team. He is the director and one of the founders of the 13th Man Foundation which fundraises for and supports the team in many ways. David and the 13th Man Foundation were instrumental in drawing in the resources necessary to craft a winning team in the 2015 season.

Continue reading about the TBirds fairytale 2015 road to victory here.

And for more information about the 13th Man Foundation, click here.

David Sidoo Pumps up the Spirit at UBC!

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3000 more fans at UBC Homecoming 2015 football came than the previous year! (photo Koby Michaels / The Ubyssey)

If you’ve been following these blog postings, you’ll know by now that David Sidoo is a huge supporter of his alma mater UBC Thunderbirds football team. He’s been instrumental in upgrading training and playing facilities; he’s been instrumental in drawing in new talent on the field and in the coaching line up; and he’s now instrumental in cultivating a “spirit” culture on campus.

David has teamed up with Robert Morton – director of UBC’s biggest event-planning group, and Aaron Bailey – president of the UBC Alma Mater Society, to create a huge stir on campus around Thunderbird’s football.

The intent is to make UBC football the heart of school spirit. So far this year, the results are promising – there were 3000 more fans at the UBC Homecoming 2015 football game than the previous year.

Ideally, the energy will carry off the turf and throughout campus, creating momentum that will carry into other team sports and UBC events:

“The biggest motivation to inject energy, knowledge and money, or what David Sidoo calls the “three Ts” of time, talent and treasure, is the lasting effect this will have on the university as a whole. “

To read more, check out the UBC Ubyssey article online here.

David Sidoo Named in UBC Education’s Year of Alumni 100

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David Sidoo Named in UBC Education’s Year of Alumni 100

On September 30, 2015, UBC celebrates its 100th year and in line with the centennial the Faculty of Education has announced its Year of Alumni initiative. From September 2015 through August 2016, the Faculty “will recognize the achievements of 100 outstanding and diverse alumni.”

We are delighted to share that David Sidoo has been named as one of the 100 alumni to be highlighted throughout the year. The announcement has already been made on the UBC website.

View David’s Year of Alumni 100 profile on the UBC website here.

David Sidoo & Investors Breathe New Life into UBC TBirds Football

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Photo Credit: John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

The turning point in David Sidoo’s life was his memorable five-year football career with the UBC Thunderbirds. It began in 1978, when the UBC team played in its first ever Vanier Cup. Over the years David set several records and earned many awards that made him a shining star in the league. The crowning glory came in 1982 when David helped captain UBC to win its first Vanier Cup.

Since graduating from UBC, David has had a 5-year career in the CFL, succeeded as a financier and a private investor, and now is president and CEO of a very successful oil and gas corporation. Throughout his impressive career growth, David has remained a faithful supporter of his alma mater and a huge fan of the Thunderbirds Football program.

After almost 10 years of the team racking up countless losses, the TBirds had been facing the very real prospect of being cut from the university’s sports program. The prospect of losing a team so near and dear to his heart was too much for David. He rallied together a group of successful UBC alumni to fund the redevelopment of the TBirds, starting with recruiting a new coach – Blake Nill, a new quarterback – Michael O’Connor, and revamping the much-outdated Thunderbird stadium.

The new life David helped inject into the Thunderbirds is for real. David was excited to attend the TBird’s practice the day before their first exhibition game against against top-ranked Laval, who had only lost one home game in the last 70 years. <insert photo from Aug 28>

The next day, the TBirds beat Laval with an incredible 41-16 score. It was magic!

Though The TBirds went on to lose their season opener to Calgary 16-49, UBC came back the following week and defeated Regina 27-20.

David remains optimistic that the Thunderbirds can carry that wining momentum throughout the rest of this 2015/16 season to make this a year to remember.

For more on this story, read the original Globe and Mail article here.


Jordan Sidoo Presents $3000 to New Westminster Secondary School Breakfast Club Program

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Screen-Shot-2014-04-23-at-7.16.04-PMJordan Sidoo has developed a passion to create awareness for and change in the lives of the thousands of children in British Columbia who go to school hungry each morning. Jordan believes very strongly that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and especially so for school age children whose classroom studies demand clarity and focus for several hours each day.

For more than a year Jordan has been working hard to raise money and awareness for the breakfast club programs operating in schools throughout the lower mainland. Last year he created a website, breakfast-club.ca, as a means to create awareness and raise money by selling pen and pencil sets online. Since Christmas 2013, Jordan has raised $8700 via the website alone, and every dollar is going to support breakfast clubs in the lower mainland.

On April 9, 2014, Jordan presented a cheque for $3000 to the New Westminster Secondary School Breakfast Club program. NWSS is the alma mater of Jordan’s father, David Sidoo, and his uncle, Paul. The donated funds will provide 3000 breakfasts to NWSS students over the course of one year.

The impact of this is not lost on Jordan, who feels very blessed with his family, friends and lot in life. According to Jordan’s father, David, “President Clinton would say, ‘To those whom much has been given much is expected.’ Although Jordan has had his share of adversity he learns from the down times, works hard and gives back.”

Simply put, if Jordan can help one child to have a better life, it’s all worth it.

David Sidoo – “The Savior of UBC Sports”

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For those who follow the news of this site, and who know David Sidoo, his remarkable football history is no secret. David left a legacy with his alma mater UBC Thunderbirds football team, which established a tie to his heart that holds strong and true.

So when he learned that the Thunderbirds football team was in jeopardy of being cut from the UBC varsity roster, David leapt to action. He called upon five TBirds alumni – each of whom is very successful in his own right – to join forces as a brainstorming, networking, fundraising machine that would pull together $2.4 million as a starting point. From there, grow that fund to create a base from which the team can regenerate and grow to compete with the best of the best.

In addition, the long-term vision for the strategy is to have a positive impact on other varsity teams in the form of scholarship funding.

Earlier in 2014, UBC decision-makers heard the proposal and decided to give their approval. The wheels are now in motion with great aspirations and expectations from everyone involved. David’s enthusiasm and dedication to his alma mater football team may just be the thing to take them to a whole new level.

This story caught the eye of the editors of Vancouver Magazine (VanMag), who called David “The Savior of UBC Sports” and featured him in an article in The Brief section of the March 2014 edition.

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David Sidoo Appointed to UBC Board of Governors for 2014

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David Sidoo during his playing days at UBC. Photo courtesy UBC Athletics.

Former CFLer David Sidoo has a long history of supporting and giving back to his alma mater, UBC. His contributions have been reflected in myriad ways, including a number of student scholarships and David’s name being attributed to the Thunderbird Stadium field – now known as “David Sidoo Field”.

In January 2014, the BC provincial government gave David Sidoo the honour of being appointed to the UBC Board of Governors. David’s term will last until December 31 of this year.

In addition to the President of UBC and the Chancellor the Board consists of nineteen members, of whom the provincial government appoints eleven and UBC students, faculty and staff elect eight.

From the UBC Board of Governors website:

“Established in 1908, the University of British Columbia (UBC) attracts 54,000 students from across Canada and 140 countries around the world to two major campuses.
The British Columbia University Act confers on the UBC Board of Governors responsibility for the management, administration and control of the property, revenue, business and affairs of the University.
Members of the UBC Board of Governors represent a diversity of backgrounds and bring to the Board the views of their various constituencies; decisions are ultimately made in the best overall interest of the University.”

Congratulations on your appointment, David!

More here.

David Sidoo Awarded Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

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For many years, David Sidoo has tirelessly contributed to his community and blazed a path for other philanthropists to follow. Through Sidoo Family Giving,  joint efforts with his wife, Manjy, and supporting other active fundraisers, David has made an incredible difference in the lives of people young and old in British Columbia. For this reason, he was recently awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding contributions to his community.

About the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, from the Governor General of Canada site:

A new commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour best essay here for you Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

During the year of celebrations, 60 000 deserving Canadians will be recognized.

The Chancellery of Honours, as part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, administers the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal program.






Sidoo Family Giving Supports Inner City Youth Soccer Tournament

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David Sidoo and VPD Constable Kal Dosanjh at a soccer tournament for the inner city youth of Vancouver.

As a former pro athlete whose life was changed by sports at a pivotal age, David Sidoo understands the value of athletics in the life of a youth…especially an inner city youth.

On the weekend of May 25, 2013, David was delighted to attend and support the Vancouver Police Department Soccer Tournament for Inner City Youth. More than 500 kids participated in the event, which was organized by the VPD Athletic League and Detective Kal Dosanjh.

From the Link Paper article, Dosanjh is quoted as saying, “David is an example of what sports can do, being the first Indo-Canadian professional football player,” Dosanjh said. “David would agree with me that by engaging the youth in a sporting activity it will provide them with a positive outlet, provide them an opportunity to develop self esteem, provide an environment which facilitates personal growth and promotes learning to work well with others in a team setting. This program is designed to develop a strong connection with youth at any early age, so that a sense of community, safety and integrity become well entrenched values.”

There are many wonderful programs to engage youth in sports…why not check into opportunities in your community and see how you can make a difference too!

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