This Saturday July 16, I would like to invite all residents out to the Ottawa Champions baseball game against the Rockland Boulders joining Mayor Jim Watson, my Councillor colleagues, myself, and many other City staff in celebrating the commemorative naming of the Max Keeping Bridge, the pedestrian and cycling bridge that connects the Champions’ home stadium, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park, with the Via Rail station and the future Tremblay Station of the O-Train Confederation Line.
Max Keeping was a local broadcasting legend, long-time booster of baseball in our city and a tireless advocate for Ottawa’s most vulnerable. As a community leader, his efforts have helped raise more than $100 million for organizations such as the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Roger’s House, the United Way, the Boys and Girls Club, Operation Come Home and the Cancer Foundation. Max passed away on October 1, 2015 at the age of 73.
Members of Max’s family will participate in the ceremony which will begin at 6:45 p.m. and include the unveiling of a commemorative plaque and the first pitch.
In honour of Max’s efforts, the Ottawa Champions will donate $1 from every ticket sold for the July 16 game to CHEO. Tickets can be purchased online or at the park box office.
Be sure to dress for the weather and I look forward to seeing you there.