John Spoltore was an elite athlete from the Waterloo Region who played hockey and baseball at the highest levels. He received numerous awards and distinctions over his career, was known as a true leader both on and off the ice, and had a passion for his community and for sports in general. At the age of 38, John passed away after a brief but courageous battle with Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma (PCNSL) of the brain.
As a result of John’s untimely passing, his friends and family created the John Spoltore “Team 23” Memorial Golf Tournament in an attempt to raise funds for John’s daughter’s future education. Over the past seven years, the event has been widely considered to be one of the most popular tournaments in the area. The 2017 version of the tournament will once again be held at the Conestoga Golf and Conference Centre on Friday, August 25th, and since it falls on Johnny’s actual birthday, our theme this year will be “Born in the USA”. We will also be celebrating the 30th anniversary and reunion of the Kitchener Greenshirt midget hockey team that Johnny played on with so many of his friends. Following the golf, the dinner and evening entertainment at the course will consist of a silent auction, a live auction, and live entertainment.
We have expanded our mission and committed to giving a portion of our tournament’s proceeds to sponsoring 2 KMHA players through Donna’s Kids, a local charity that ensures under-privileged kids can play hockey, regardless of their financial means. This is a mission that fits so well with Johnny’s approach to life, his dedication to his friends and the way he always took care of others.