Introducing our Difference Maker Series
A Difference Maker is an ordinary person who makes a positive impact on the lives of others. Every person is capable of being a Difference Maker. Each month, we recognize one of our employees for enacting a positive change in their environment.
Difference Maker | Tammy Ryan
President for the Brantford CYO Girls Basketball Club
Tammy is the incoming President for the Brantford CYO Girls Basketball Club. For the past 5 years, she held the Vice President and Secretary roles. Basketball was not something she had grown up with or played as a young girl but the love of the game shown by her daughter Maddy made her look again.
Maddy began playing at the age of 5. At the time, it was her husband Art who coached Maddy’s house league teams. Over the years and with the addition of their second child Liam, who also began playing at the age of 4, Art transferred over to the Boys Program.
In 2014, when the need arose, Tammy along with the new Executive built the program to where it is today. Brantford Girls Basketball is a grass roots community program with the objective to have as many girls playing regardless of social status. No player is ever turned away in either organization.
This year for the first time in CYO history, both a husband and wife team will be serving as President for their respective programs. Art is the President for the Brantford Boys CYO/Brantford Hawks and Tammy for the Brantford CYO Girls Programs. Collectively, they have over 1,000 girls and boys playing basketball in Brantford.
Now that their children are older, they too are giving back to the community volunteering their time as coaches and referees. “It’s become second nature in our house to have something basketball related going on.”
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