The greatest selfless act imaginable is turning your personal tragedy into a better life for someone else – and that’s exactly what the Renwick family is doing with the Taylor Renwick Hockey Fund.
It was just three years ago on October 9th, 2015, when 20-year-old Taylor was on her way home for Thanksgiving from the University of Manitoba, when she was killed by a drunk driver. At the time, she was enrolled in the Athletic Therapy program at the U of M with the goal of working with the Olympic Women’s Hockey Team.
Hockey was her life.
From the age of eight all the way through to high school, Taylor played for the Melita Bisons – less one year when there was no local team and she suited up with the Deloraine Royals.
After high school, hockey and post-secondary studies took her to Winnipeg where she was in her third year with the ACES of the Winnipeg Female League.
It was soon after Taylor’s death that the family decided to create the Taylor Renwick Hockey Fund to “…provide the opportunity for children to play hockey who would otherwise be unable to due to monetary constraints,” as outlined on their application information. “We believe that everyone deserves the chance to play this great sport that meant so much to Taylor.”
The Fund was started in October 2015 and to date, four players have been recipients. The funds can be used for everything from buying hockey equipment to paying for registration fees – it’s there to help kids continue to play the game.
“Support (from Melita and area) has been overwhelming to our family and generous (with) donations to the Fund – as well as help with the tournament and funds generated from it,” said Taylor’s sister Danielle. The 2nd Annual Taylor Renwick Memorial Tournament was held this past February at the Melita Arena. The two-day women’s hockey tournament hosted five teams and 65 players, from ages 18 to 50. Players came from other Saskatchewan communities, other provinces and even outside of Canada. Next year’s tournament is slated for February 16-17.
It’s all done to aid those who need a helping hand and to remember the short-lived life of a 20-year-old hockey player.
Said Danielle, “In the face of this horrible tragedy, Taylor’s Fund is something positive we can do in her memory and ensure that other children can enjoy a game she held so dear.”
To apply for the Taylor Renwick Hockey Fund
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or;
Mail: Taylor Renwick Sponsor a Minor Hockey Player Fund, Box 71, Napinka, MB R0M 1N0
(Please include: Child’s name; Age; Applicant’s name – if not the child; Contact info; Previous hockey experience, if any; Why child would like to play, if possible; What monetary assistance is anticipated to be required; and Statement regarding child’s character and/or attributes which make them deserving.)