The Alton Edwards Bursary was created in honor of a loving son, husband, brother, father and grandfather. Alton Edwards believed that through basketball children are able to build self-esteem, leadership and social skills that would weave a positive thread throughout their lives. Alton in his firm and quiet way was more than a cheerleader; he was a teacher. He ensured that his positive beliefs were passed down to his children and to all youth he came in contact with.
Whether Alton was teaching his grandson the joys of fishing or explaining the ‘sweet science’ of a boxing match there was always a message in his words; a message that taught the benefits of involvement in sport, sharing everyone’s special gifts, not taking life too seriously and giving back. At Four Point Basketball we share the same belief Alton did, that athletes wanting to realize their potential should have the opportunity to do just that and not be denied due to financial limitations. In Ontario hundreds of athletes are denied the opportunity to further their development due to one simple fact, lack of funds.
The Alton Edwards Bursary was established in 2012 to provide an opportunity for those athletes that would not have the means to participate in camps and clinics.
This grant is a way to turn participation in basketball into a greater learning tool, athletes will also be taught other transferable skills through the game. They are going to be provided with resources and techniques on team-building, how to deal with disappointments, how to improve self-confidence and help in developing a positive character all while exploring and experiencing the joys of camp.
The support provided by the Alton Edwards Bursary Program is available province-wide for athletes aged 9 to 18 who are currently enrolled in school. The goal of the Alton Edwards Bursary is to provide financial assistance to children and youth in need to attend our summer camps and clinics. Every time we help a family we honor the memory of Alton Edwards; a great man who loved his family and basketball with all his heart.