In December we reported that New Westminster Secondary School senior, Regan Eberding, was the winner of the Sidoo Family Giving Scholarship based on both academic and athletic achievement.
Now we’re delighted to learn that Regan has committed to play for the UBC Thunderbirds, of which David Sidoo is an alumnus. NWSS Head Coach, Farhan Lalji sings high praises of the talented player, “Regan is among the most committed athletes and well-rounded young men we’ve ever had the privilege of working with. He deserves this opportunity and I’m looking forward to seeing him reach his potential both on and off the field under [UBS Head Coach Shawn Olson]. I expect him to make an impact on the field and in the world.”
More on Regan’s announcement from the HWSS Hyacks Football Newsletter:
EBERDING COMMITS TO UBC
Regan Eberding becomes the latest Hyack Football player to earn a football scholarship. The graduating senior DB/QB just committed to the UBC Thunderbirds.
Eberding missed most of his senior season due to a shoulder injury, but still managed to impress college recruiters based on the athleticism he showed during his grade 11 season and the handful of games he played in grade 12. Eberding was also the winner of the Sidoo Family Scholarship based on his academic and athletic achievement, leadership and perseverance.
He is expected to suit up in the defensive secondary for the Thunderbirds, who are coming off a turnaround season after playing in the Canada West Championship game.
“It is extremely exciting to be offered another chance to play the sport that has given me so much and shaped me into who I am today,” said Eberding. “I am grateful to everyone involved in making Hyacks football the best high school football program in the province as it is a great place for young men to grow within. I am looking forward to the opportunity to prove myself at the next level.”
“We are very excited to have Regan join the Thunderbirds,” said UBC Head Coach, Shawn Olson, “His work ethic, athleticism and intelligence exemplify the type of student athlete we are building out program on.”
Eberding becomes the 22nd NWSS grad in the past 9 years to play college football. He will join linebackers, Vivie Bojilov and Ian Henderson, along with running back, Warren Reece, on the UBC roster.
The opportunity to attend UBC and join the Thunderbirds football program is a great one for Ryan. Recently he expressed his thanks to David and Sidoo Family Giving:
Dear Mr. Sidoo
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your generosity towards the New West football program. Over the past four years New West has been a great place to play and your donations have ensured that, I would also like to thank you for the scholarship you developed within the program. I have just recently signed my letter of intent to UBC and have applied to the faculty of food and nutrition science for next year. I am very grateful for the money you have given me in order to enable me to do so. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and will help me a great deal with the financial burden of university. The team looks to be a great environment for me to continue to grow as a football player and as a person and I would like to convey my utmost gratitude for your generosity in supporting myself and both New Westminster football and UBC football, you have been and will continue to be a great impact on my life through this 8 year process.
We are thrilled for Regan and wish him the greatest success when he officially becomes a Thunderbird at UBC this fall. “This,” said David Sidoo, “is why we do what we do!”
Way to go Regan!
David Sidoo and Manjy Sidoo
Sidoo Family Giving Facebook Page