Lo­gan’s legacy to ben­e­fit KidS­port

Lo­gan Boulet Fund do­nates more than $72K

Lethbridge Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Dale Woodard LETH­BRIDGE HER­ALD

Lo­gan Boulet al­ways gave. Thanks to the Lo­gan Boulet Fund, that trend will con­tinue for years to come. On Thurs­day af­ter­noon at Win­ston Churchill High School — Boulet’s alma mater — it was an­nounced The Lo­gan Boulet Fund in sup­port of KidS­port Leth­bridge/Taber had sur­passed $72,000.

On hand to present a cheque for $72,302.75 to KidS­port Leth­bridge/Taber were Boulet’s par­ents, Toby and Bern­dine, who started the Lo­gan Boulet Fund in hon­our of their son who was among the 16 killed in the Hum­boldt Bron­cos bus crash April 6.

For his par­ents, it was a fit­ting dona­tion to hon­our the me­mory of their son, who not only rarely en­coun­tered a sport he didn’t like — rang­ing from hockey, curl­ing, bad­minton, rugby and soc­cer — but also made sure to give back to the sport­ing com­mu­nity that sup­ported him as well.

“The KidS­port fund is a great fit for Lo­gan be­cause it’s giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity and giv­ing back to kids to have op­por­tu­ni­ties that Lo­gan had that our fam­ily was able to pro­vide for Lo­gan, but other kids don’t al­ways get that op­por­tu­nity,” said Ber­na­dine.

“We talked a lot with our kids, Lo­gan and Mariko, about be­ing vol­un­teers and giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity and give back to sport be­cause they both re­ceived an im­mense amount of time and en­ergy and lov­ing care from a whole bunch of peo­ple and a whole bunch of or­ga­ni­za­tions. So we try to have them al­ways give back by coach­ing and by vol­un­teer­ing. Ob­vi­ously Lo­gan can­not do that any­more, but the KidS­port fund will al­low him to be able to give that back be­cause of the gen­eros­ity of a whole bunch of peo­ple who be­lieved in giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity.”

Boulet was ac­cepted to the Uni­ver­sity of Leth­bridge and planned to fol­low in his par­ents’ and sis­ter’s foot­steps of be­com­ing a teacher.

“For Lo­gan to have an op­por­tu­nity to give his name back to other chil­dren is huge to us,” said Toby. “Lo­gan wanted to be an ele­men­tary teacher, so these are the kids he’d prob­a­bly be work­ing with. So that is spe­cial for us.”

Of the funds re­ceived, KidS­port Leth­bridge/Taber will give $10,000 a year back into the com­mu­nity for kids un­able to af­ford to play sports with the to­tal of Thurs­day’s cheque guar­an­tee­ing do­na­tions for at least an­other seven years.

In the mean­time, the Lo­gan Boulet Fund con­tin­ues to thrive.

In hon­our of Boulet’s No. 27, the Boulets will ded­i­cate $2,700 into the fund for the next five years.

As well, Brian McNaughton — pres­i­dent of HyTech Pro­duc­tion Ltd. — who pur­chased Boulet’s jer­sey for $20,000 at this year’s Val Mat­teotti Ital­ian Open golf tour­na­ment, has guar­an­teed he’ll bring the jer­sey back in com­ing years to sell at the same amount or higher.

“We’ve al­ready had busi­ness­man telling my­self that they’re go­ing out­bid the $20,000 next year,” said Toby. “So just with those num­bers alone the fund will con­tinue to grow. And there will be other do­na­tions and other things hap­pen­ing in things we don’t even know about, that peo­ple are just do­nat­ing money be­cause they want to and that’s how we know the fund will grow. So I’m think­ing it’ll be there for at least 15 years.”

“Peo­ple have sup­ported us in many ways,” added Ber­na­dine. “They’ve sold T-shirts, they’ve had bot­tle drives, they’ve had si­lent auc­tions and have just given money. I know peo­ple who have said ‘Can we give money in the fu­ture or is this the only time we can give money?’ You can give money and the fund will ex­ist for as long as there is a fund. But it’s just amaz­ing how the gen­eros­ity of peo­ple just want­ing to give and to be a part of that way to hon­our Lo­gan and to give back to the com­mu­nity in a way that is needed.”

KidS­port Leth­bridge/Taber ex­ec­u­tive Jon Dick works along­side Toby at Win­ston Churchill as a teacher and has been a long-time fam­ily friend.

“It’s amaz­ing to see the out­pour­ing of sup­port that has come through the Lo­gan Boulet Fund to KidS­port,” he said. “Hav­ing known Lo­gan and coached him, I know he had a true un­der­stand­ing and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of what sports can do for young peo­ple, hav­ing par­ents that also coached and him be­ing in­volved in sports over the years. I think he truly saw what he can do for peo­ple, the char­ac­ter­build­ing as­pect of sports and be­ing in­volved in those things, gain­ing some pos­i­tive influences in coach­ing other play­ers on the team as well. This will al­low them to be a part of this in­stead of be­ing a part of things that maybe aren’t quite as pos­i­tive in their lives.”

Dick said Boulet was go­ing to in­flu­ence a huge num­ber of peo­ple one way or an­other.

“Ob­vi­ously we would’ve pre­ferred to see it as a teacher and a coach in the fu­ture, but it’s amaz­ing to see, in such a huge tragedy, all of the good that can come of it and all of the peo­ple he can in­flu­ence through dif­fer­ent ways, ob­vi­ously with the or­gan do­na­tions and all the money com­ing through KidS­port to help kids be­ing in­volved in those sports.”

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Her­ald photo by Dale Woodard

Toby and Ber­na­dine Boulet — par­ents of Lo­gan Boulet — present the Lo­gan Boulet Fund cheque for KidS­port Leth­bridge/Taber to KidS­port com­mit­tee mem­bers (from left) Dave Gaskell, Jon Dick and Dar­ren Whi­tel.

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