Bryan James

Coach’s foundation continues to grow

Thousands raised in honour of South Surrey football coach Bryan James

The Bryan James Memorial Foundation continues to grow.

And those at the helm of the two-and-a-half-year-old organization – which raises money for the local chapter of KidSport in honour of the longtime community football coach who died in 2011 – have their sights fixed on even bigger goals in the future.

This summer has been an especially good one. The foundation’s annual golf tournament, held in late July at Meridian Golf Par 3 in South Surrey, raised $10,000, bringing to more than $13,000 the amount the group has raised for KidSport this year through various endeavours.

“It was great. We really pushed ourselves to hit that $10,000 goal, and we did it,” said foundation co-founder Jordan James, Bryan’s brother.

“Things are going very well. We keep finding new sponsors, keep attracting new people interested in helping out – it’s been great.”

Since the foundation’s inception in January 2012, more than $25,000 has been raised to aid KidSport, which aims to get more youth playing sports by helping cover registration costs for those who otherwise could not afford to play.

“We’ve always supported KidSport because we just really like what they do in the community, and we believe in getting more kids active and playing sports,” Jordan said.

In December 2011, while at a company Christmas party, Bryan, 32, died suddenly due to heart complications.

He was a longtime football coach with the White Rock-South Surrey Titans association and was also a founding coach with Earl Marriott Secondary, when the school launched a football program in 2004. James was the Mariners’ first-ever coach of the Grade 8 squad.

The annual golf tournament coincides with his birthday, Jordan noted.

“Knowing the kind of person he was, he would’ve loved it – having everyone get together and help out a good cause,” Jordan said.

“And we really feel good about doing something for the community in the name of a guy who did so much for the community himself.”

With the golf tournament now a well-established annual event, Jordan said his new goal for the foundation is to create a new fundraising event that can raise $20,000 in a single year.

“I’m not sure how long that will take, but that’s the goal and that’s what we’ll aim to do,” he said.

“As we continue to grow, it should become easier to hold multiple events throughout the year, but for now, we’ll sort of do one at a time. We’re still growing, and want to make sure we do things right.”

For more on the foundation, visit www.bryanjamesmemorialfoundation.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

White Rock neighbours to host second-annual ‘Feast for Friends’

Victoria Terrace residents to raise money for food bank

Sold-out in Surrey: the ‘Second Coming of Delamont’s ‘God is a Scottish Drag Queen’

‘The title tends to scare a few people away,’ Victoria-based performer says of his hit show

Task force brainstorms on support for Semiahmoo homeless community

Community service providers gather to discuss options for housing, income safety and more

Two people reportedly sent to hospital after two-vehicle collision in Surrey

Collision happened on the 16500-block of 64 Avenue

Surrey brothers win trip to review Mexico resort

Shaynen and Brennen Singh featured in latest Sunwing commercial

VIDEO: Music stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant at Grammys award show

Music artists including Billy Ray Cyrus, Rick Ross and Kirk Franklin paid tribute to Bryant

Kobe Bryant’s helicopter flew in fog that grounded other choppers

The cause of the crash that killed Bryant, his daughter and several others was unknown

Victoria-area wolf tranquilized after being seen running around neighbourhood

Officials say wolf unharmed during its ‘arrest’

Ontario confirms second presumptive coronavirus case in wife of first patient

Both arrived on a China Southern Airlines flight after having been to Wuhan

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants head coach records 200th win with 3-2 victory in Kelowna

Michal Kvasnica and David Tendeck named stars of the game

Canada’s basketball community mourns Kobe Bryant after helicopter crash

Bryant was an 18-time NBA all-star who won five championships

‘Devastated’: Fans, celebrities remember Kobe Bryant after his death

Bryant played all of his 20-year career with the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers

Investigation launched after six dead puppies dumped in Richmond hotel parking lot

RAPS reminds people they can always give up puppies they can’t take care of

Canadian Lunar New Year celebrations dampened by coronavirus worries

But Health Minister Patty Hajdu said today that the risk of infection is low

Most Read

l -->