Royal Church Recognized For Dedication

(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Express would like to announce that the winner of the organization’s inaugural Volunteer of the Year Award is Royal Church.

From this day forward the award will be renamed in honour of Church’s hard work and dedication to the Windsor Express Basketball Team during its first season in the National Basketball League of Canada.

Church has over 35 years experience as a basketball coach at various levels within the city of Windsor. Church also was the owner of the first professional basketball franchise in Windsor. The Drive played in the Royal Church has been formally recognized by the Windsor Express for his dedication and hard work as a volunteer. Photo courtesy of the Windsor Express.Canadian National Basketball League.

A retired teacher, Church won two OFSAA bronze medals and three WECSAA Championships during his 30-year career at Herman, Riverside, and Forster high schools.

Church currently serves as the Chair of League Development for the Ontario Basketball Association and as Vice-President of the WESPY Awards, while maintaining his duties as Education Liaison for the Windsor Express.

Church most recently served as assistant head coach of the varsity women’s basketball team at St. Clair College and was a head coach for the Windsor Valiants, the travel basketball program of the OBA, for eight years.

The Royal Church Volunteer of the Year Award will be given out annually to a volunteer within the organization that best exemplifies the values and beliefs of the Windsor Express basketball team and its staff.

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