Bob Giordano Memorial Award

The name Bob Giordano was synonymous with hockey in the Central Okanagan in the 1950's and 60's.  Giordano wasn't known for his athletic prowess, it was his organizational skills and enthusiasm for the game that made him an indispensable part of the local sporting fabric.  Bob truly loved to share his time and talent with the young people of Kelowna.  

Bob passed away in October 1965.

Award Criteria

  • Awarded to an individual who has contributed significantly to Kelowna through voluntary service to amateur sport, such as coaching or administrative support. 
  • Selections are based on the nominees achievements/contributions for the year 2017.
  • Past information can be included, but should primarily be regarding the current award year.
  • Nominees must no have personally benefitted from their volunteer activities, nor should the contributions be considered part of their normal employment or job responsibilities.
  • Selections are based solely on the information in the completed nomination package.

2016 Bob Giordano Memorial Award Recipient

Kendall Gross

As a football coach for Kelowna Minor Football Association, Kendall Gross works to not only inspire his team on the field, but off the field as well. His mantra of, "Everything Counts," is focused on the belief that every one of our actions either adds or subtracts from our goa l, but is never neutral. For a team of teenage boys, this is extremely impactful.

In 2016, Kendall’s Junior Bantam Lions remained undefeated during the tackle season, winning both the Sothern Interior Football League and the Provincial Championships.

In addition to coaching the U14 Bantam Lions, Kendall also coached the U14 Flag Football team. Out of 50 teams across the province, he led them to a second place finish.

Kendall sits on the board of directors for Kelowna Minor Football as both a director and registrar. He spends countless hours, balancing teams with best player placement for the 600 player membership as well as fielding registration related calls.

Kendall’s involvement with Kelowna Minor Football goes back to 2012 when he coached both the U10 team and the U10 flag football team to winning provincial championships. During 2016, Kendall donated more than 400 hours to Kelowna Minor Football.

Past Recipients of the Award
  • 2015 - Dennis Richardson
  • 2014 - Tom Maxwell
  • 2013 - Dino Gini
  • 2012 - Hal Hennenfent
  • 2011 - Tony Sodaro
  • 2010 - Terry Britton
  • 2009 - Arnar Bernhardsson
  • 2008 - Dan Wray
  • 2007 - Garth Vickers
  • 2006 - Dave McClellan 
  • 2005 - Jane Fairey 
  • 2004 - Ross Sutcliffe
  • 2003 - Ken Wilson
  • 2002 - Lloyd Nelson
  • 2001 - Jennifer Charles
  • 2000 - Kevin Davies
  • 1999 - Joan Schemley