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Basketball alumnus remembered through scholarship

Tuesday November 15, 2016
Photo of John Plaskacz.

John Plaskacz will be remembered by many people in the Ottawa-Gatineau community. A well-known and well-respected real estate agent, a basketball fan through and through, and a father of two passed away on July 3 at the age of 64. Plaskacz was a member of the Gee-Gees men’s basketball team from 1970-75 and was among the founders of the Sixth Man Club when it formed in 2012.

Plaskacz made his mark on the uOttawa program in the early days, helping the team to appear in the national championship tournament in both 1974 and 1975 and earning OUA All-Star accolades in those seasons as well. He played with his brother, Todd in the garnet and grey, and many years later his children Gerrit and Natasha were on the floor playing post-secondary ball. With the support of his wife Ilze, John devoted countless hours in the Ottawa and Gatineau basketball community as a coach at the high school and club levels.

All that basketball in his life is being reflected in his memory. In September of this year, friends and family gathered and established The John Plaskacz Memorial Basketball Scholarship. Since then over $15,000 in donations to the fund have been received, which provide financial assistance to men’s basketball athletes whose education would otherwise be compromised. It will also ensure John’s legacy as part of the Gee-Gees basketball program for years to come.

John and his family will be recognized by Sports Services with a presentation before the Gee-Gees basketball home opener this year on December 2.

If you would like to contribute to the John Plaskacz Memorial Basketball Scholarship, visit the Gee-Gees website.

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