Donald “Don" Grant
The Provincial Sports Hall of Fame has honoured only ten individuals and four teams drawn from the sport of basketball - a sport that is played in every school, community centre, vacant lot and drive-way in New Brunswick.Five of these were national/international officials. Moncton’s Don Grant now joins that elite company - as well he should after a 52 year career as a leader of youth and 30 years as a basketball referee. His contributions included his 25 years as a basketball executive, clinician and evaluator, and his work at no fewer than 14 national championships, supplemented by his pioneer work on behalf of Canadian football, and his impact on some 3,000 young people who attended the annual Legion Leadership camps. “His personality,” so said Bill Ritchie, “is infectious, his commitment unparalleled, and his ethics beyond reproach;” to which another admirer added: “…and his hilarious post-game repartee without equal.” Enrolled in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, June 1st, 2002.
Officiated at 14 national championships, including the 1973 Canada Winter Games in Lethbridge, Alberta, and at two Canadian Inter-University Sport finals in Halifax
Served two terms as President of the New Brunswick Association of Approved Basketball Officials, and four terms as Chairman of the Provincial Evaluating Committee, which assigns officials to Provincial and National championships
Received Merit Awards from the Canadian Association of Basketball Officials, the National Association of Basketball Coaches of Canada , and Basketball New Brunswick
Served four terms as president of NB Interscholastic Athletic Association Served as Director the NB Legion Leadership Training Camp for 30 years
Also active as an official in baseball; and as a player and coach in football
Inducted into the Moncton Sports Wall of Fame as a builder in 1991