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Congratulations to Rami Simon, the 2022 recipient of The Lucas Peel Award for ABA Leadership Excellence!

The ABA presents this award annually to a graduating high school student that has made the biggest contribution to their community as an ABA youth development coach over their high school career while displaying all the positive caring qualities, passion and dedication that was typical of Lucas Peel over his twelve year involvement with the ABA.

We had several excellent candidates for this year’s award that all deserve recognition and praise, but ESA student Rami Simon stood out as the most dependable, reliable and caring coach among all his peers. Thank you Rami for all your hard work, dedication and commitment over the years. Congratulations from your ABA family - we are proud of you!

Rami Simon Lucas Peel Leadership Award 2022

About Lucas Peel

Finishing as a finalist in 2006, Lucas Peel returned to captain the RSGC Senior Varsity Basketball team to a 2007 CISAA Championship. As a graduate, Lucas returned for several seasons giving back as an ABA coach throughout his life while also often serving as an assistant coach with the RSGC junior and senior varsity teams. As a player he always made the most of what he had, never quit, and always put his team and teammates first. As a player, captain, and coach he was a champion of the underdog, encouraging and inspiring many less confident friends and classmates to participate, improve and thrive who may have not been involved otherwise – for some, this small gesture was life-changing.

Every January we pay tribute to Lucas with the annual Lucas Peel Memorial RSGC Seniors vs. Alumni Game. RSGC has officially retired #34 in honour of Lucas with an inspiring banner hanging front and centre in the gym. We retired his jersey number not simply because of his excellent basketball skills, impressive accomplishments or championships won, nor because of how we tragically lost him way too soon, but more so because of his kindness, selflessness, goodwill and how much he always gave of himself to others on and off the court as a player, leader, mentor, alumni, and friend to all – he personified everything that all ABAers, Georgians and people of all ages everywhere should strive to be – a role model for us all.

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The Hospital Foundation

Along with this award, the ABA makes a donation to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation for Lymphoma Research in memory of Lucas.

We ask that anyone in a position to do so to please make any kind of contribution that they are able to, great or small, in memory of Lucas Peel directly to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation for Lymphoma Research. Thank you, and GO KNIGHTS!

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Past Recipients

  • 2021 Jayden Bassani Lane

    Northern Secondary School

  • 2020 Alexander Donnelly

    Royal St. George's College

  • 2019 No Recipient

    no student fit the criteria

  • 2018 Justin Fung

    Northern Secondary School

  • 2017 Matthew Stewart

    Royal St. George's College

  • 2016 Benjamin White

    Vaughan Road Academy

  • 2015 Harrison Tepsich

    Royal St. George's College