The fund will provide annual financial awards to back foundational, applied and evaluative research to increase the understanding of challenges related to values in, and of, sport in Canada – with the goal of advancing solutions that strengthen the conduct of sport.
“The CCES is happy to support and promote the Lyle Makosky Values and Ethics in Sport Fund,” said Paul Melia, President and CEO of the CCES. “By studying the quality and integrity of sport in Canada, the fund will be an important resource in helping improve the Canadian sport system.”
Lyle Makosky – a long-time supporter of values-based sport – established the fund in 2014 to support the work of the CCES and the True Sport Foundation. His initial donation to the fund is being matched by the CCES. In addition, through the generous support of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the True Sport Foundation is also in a position to provide a matching contribution. To ensure the long-term sustainability of this award program, a more substantial bequest has also been provided in Mr. Makosky’s Will.
“Having been involved in sport my entire life, I’ve seen the powerful role that a good sport experience can play in building strong individuals and strong communities,” said Makosky. “But we know that not every sport experience is a positive one and that can undermine the benefits that sport can bring to our lives. By intentionally studying the values and ethics challenges, in and of sport, we can assess the degree to which sport is providing and achieving what we expect, and in ways we believe are true to its values and ethics.”
Those eligible to apply to the fund include:
- high-performance athletes enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution
- post-secondary students active in sport
- sport practitioners active in, or working in, sport
- educators / academics teaching in a sport, sport science or sport management discipline, who meet the criteria.
For more information, including the application criteria and requirements, please visit www.truesportfoundation.ca/en/lylemaskosky.
Those interested in supporting this initiative can make a tax-deductible donation online at www.canadahelps.org/dn/14956, by selecting the “Lyle Makosky Values and Ethics in Sport Fund” from the drop-down menu.
About Lyle Makosky
Lyle Makosky has been engaged in sport most of his life at various levels. He believes that sport is a powerful aspect in the healthy and complete development of people and communities. Lyle competed as a swimmer on the varsity teams in high school and university, then moved to water polo at the club and national levels where he competed for Canada in various international events, and eventually became a water polo coach. Following his formal education in physics, nuclear physics, and geophysics, he moved to the not-for-profit world where he served as national executive director for several sports including diving, synchronized swimming and water polo, and subsequently as the executive director of the Coaching Association of Canada.
As Executive Vice President, he worked in the field of leadership and conflict/issue facilitation with the Niagara Institute while extending his voluntary involvement with the sport system in Canada. He also served as federal Assistant Deputy Minister of Fitness and Amateur Sport, where he guided the reformulation of federal policy and programs during a period of intense scrutiny (Dubin Inquiry on Drugs in Sport, etc.). He has recently retired from InterQuest, a national consulting company which he founded and which specialized in strategic and process consulting to the private, public and non-governmental sectors. Despite not working directly in sport today, his heart and avocation are still deeply attached to Canadian sport to which he has a life-long commitment.