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Shooting hoops helps Richard Pass work out business problems
Ronald Mcdonald House CEO Richard Pass has the right name for his hobby
Despite his name, these days Ronald Mcdonald House CEO Richard Pass keeps his basketball pretty much to himself. That’s because he no longer plays on a team as he once did—as a guard in high school and university in his hometown of Brandon, Manitoba, and in a senior league there and
in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, before moving to B.C. in 1990. “When I’m retired, I have always thought I would play again at some kind of senior games level,” he says.
For now, Pass shoots baskets, which helps him think, unlike his other hobby, playing guitar. “In guitar, I’m focused on music. With basketball, I can be lost in my thoughts and still have a feel of the rhythm of the shot,” he explains. “Whether I’m processing a strategic planning session for the board of directors or strategy for a capital campaign, as I’m shooting it seems to free me up and give me an opportunity to have a bodaciously big thought and then kind of process it.”
He shoots on public outdoor courts on weekends and at Ronald Mcdonald House during the week. The new residence, opened in 2014, has a