At the school level, Ted led many teams to Leeds-Grenville and Eastern Ontario championships. He received many honours for his dedication including “Upper Canada District School Board Coach of the Year” and posthumously the “Ted Cooper South Branch Elementary Sportsmanship Award”.
Ted was an excellent coach and teacher, showing his athletes not only on the court but in their lives that they could achieve goals that they thought were beyond them. If they needed rides to the gym, a little extra cash or one-on-one counselling, Ted was always there. He was also always encouraging former athletes to give back to the community by becoming coaches themselves. He never failed to mentor them as they “paid it forward”.
His lifelong dedication to his sport and to his community remains an inspiration to us all for many years to come.