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Past Commissioner Award Winner

12/18/2020, 9:00am PST
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Jordan Tholl of the Regina Thunder

After great debate Jordon Tholl of the Regina Thunder has been named the 2020 Past Commissioner Award winner for outstanding community service.  Jordan has gone above and beyond to help with several organizations within Regina and certainly hasn't let the pandemic slow him down.

Congratulations Jordan Tholl.

 

Here is the original nomination:

Defensive lineman Jordon Tholl of the Regina Thunder would have played in his fifth and final CJFL season here in 2020, however the pandemic stopped him from that goal.

Despite the cancelled season, that did not stop Jordan from giving back to his community.   He has demonstrated incredible leadership off the field volunteering in several charitable events and organizations.

He is the Prairie Conference “Al Park Community Award” winner and is a nominee for the CJFL Past Commissioner Award which is given to a player that has shown a commitment to make a valuable contribution within the community.  

Jordan talks with Ryan Watters below about some of the inspiring organizations he volunteers with.

Here is Jordan’s official nomination put forth by the Thunder and Prairie Conference:

Jordan is a fifth year player with our club and has demonstrated leadership on & off the field. He is admired and respected by his teammates and coaches always leading by example. He has completely bought into the concept of “winning on and off the field” and is an active member of the community and shows great commitment to the Regina Thunder football program all year round. Jordan was a strong leader for our rookies during the COVID 19 pandemic through his work as co-creator of “SaskMasks,” a social enterprise that manufactured and designed masks for the pandemic response. This initiative raised over $50,000 for local charities. Jordan was able to take a difficult and stressful time in the pandemic to demonstrate to his teammates that you can take a difficult situation and lend your efforts to make a difference.

Jordan is a student athlete enrolled in Business Administration at the University of Regina. He has managed to balance a strong commitment to his team, his community, and his studies.

He is a dominant player on the field but truly has a heart for children, people in need and those socioeconomically disadvantaged. Jordon is a two-sport elite athlete with a passion for football and wrestling.

With all the demands of working and performing as a student athlete, he still finds time to be an active two sport mentor and coach. This year Jordan continued his coaching at O’Neill high school. He has also coached a minor flag football team, was a coach for the Regina High School Leboldus wrestling team and guest coached at Regina’s Martin Collegiate spring football camp.

Jordan identified a local not-for-profit agency that he has become passionate about. Carmichael Outreach, a community-based organization advocates on behalf of and provides services to people who are experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of experiencing homelessness. Carmichael fosters empowerment through dignity, respect, and advocacy, as well as engaging the community in its work to end poverty and homelessness. During the start of COVID, Jordan was an active volunteer in the meals preparation program at Carmichael, where the center saw a huge growth in its clients needing meals, especially children and youth who were unable to receive their school nourishment or lunch programs due to the closure of schools.

He was also a participant for the “Five Days for the Homeless” initiative for Carmichael Outreach. This annual fundraiser is held each year at the University of Regina in conjunction with the Business Student’s Society at the Paul J. Hill School of Business. Jordan was one of five participants who slept outside for five nights, giving up many luxuries such as cell phones, clean clothing, showers, and regular access to meals, in an effort to open the conversation about the causes of homelessness while raising funds for the day-to-day operations at Carmichael. The 2018 Five Days for the Homeless was another roaring success, surpassing their goal of $50,000. This is the most raised by any school in the nine years that Five Days has been around.

Jordan’s involvement with Carmichael also included time as a dedicated volunteer who spent countless hours painting the inside and outside of the Shelter and facilities to ensure that the necessary renovations were completed to “brighten up the days for the residents.”

Jordan is a mentor for his teammates and also for his fellow students at the University.  He volunteered as a UofR Ambassador and has been a regular volunteer for the Regina Thunder Acts of Kindness Program including the production of a poster story board video entitled “No One Fights Alone.” This campaign presented three Regina Thunder Brothers, suffering from terminal illnesses with support and outreach for their fights with their respective diseases. Jordan was an active participant and organizer of this event. He has also volunteered to visit children in the hospital and has delivered game tickets to families and children fighting illnesses in our community.

Perseverance, discipline, kindness are all terms that come to mind when describing this young man. The Thunder knows he will continue to accomplish great things!  He is a unanimous choice for the Regina Thunder for this award.

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