2024 OMHA-Dairy Farmers of Ontario Bursary Recipient Kevin Lane, News (Belleville Minor Hockey Association)

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2024 OMHA-Dairy Farmers of Ontario Bursary Recipient Kevin Lane
Players know first-hand the commitment needed to succeed at a high level on the ice and in the classroom. The OMHA is proud to partner with the Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) to award post-secondary education bursaries to minor hockey players in recognition of their outstanding commitment to community, athletic ability, and academic achievement. One of the recipient's for 2024 is Belleville's Kevin Lane.

Belleville, ON, Canada / Quinte News

Jun 20, 2024 |

Kevin Lane is following in his family’s footsteps, looking to become an engineer just like his parents.

The Eastside Secondary School graduate will be attending Queen’s University next year in the engineering program.

As a result of his excellence on and off the ice, Lane was selected for the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) and Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) Bursary program. The program selects eight high school graduates from across the province who have made a big impact in their schools and in their communities in the 2023-24 school year. Recognized for their roles as players, coaches and referees in the OMHA, as well as their grades and extracurricular work outside the rink, each winner receives $5,000 to go towards their post-secondary education, with a total of $40,000 being awarded.

Along with taking to the ice with Belleville Minor Hockey, Lane also served as captain of his school’s team.

“Kevin’s able to lead by example with how he conducts himself off the ice, but also on the ice as a leader,” said his hockey coach Cole Lynch.

Engineering seemed to be a natural fit for Lane ever since he was a kid.

“Growing up, I was always interested in the maths and sciences,” Lane said.

He was a leader in his school’s Math Club, where he was also enrolled in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

“What makes Kevin great is that he’s able to share, collaborate and work with the kids,” said his math teacher Thundup Matho. “He gives them a problem, let’s them work at their own pace, and he keeps them up to date, sharing with them how to do the problems.”

“We are proud partners of the OMHA to help recognize eight outstanding student athletes who excel on and off the ice,” said Cheryl Smith, Chief Executive Officer at Dairy Farmers of Ontario. “Through MilkUP, DFO awards each recipient $5,000 to go towards their post-secondary education. Congratulations to the winners, who are inspirations to their teammates, classmates and community and exemplify perseverance, originality and heart – MilkUP’s values.”

“Whether on the ice, in the classroom or through their volunteerism, the OMHA-Dairy Farmers of Ontario Bursary program is a shining example of what it means to be a student athlete and a leader,” said Ian Taylor, the Executive Director of the OMHA. “These recipients are also good citizens – making their schools, arenas and communities better places for all and showcasing the life skills that minor hockey teaches. Congratulations to all the winners and best of luck in your post-secondary education next year.”

(submitted to Quinte News)

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