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Dylan and Jordan Sidoo – Leading Sidoo Family Giving’s Partnership with Warren Moon and the Crescent Moon Foundation

Jordan Sidoo and Dylan Sidoo

Jordan Sidoo, Warren Moon, & Dylan Sidoo

On July 23rd, 2015 Jordan and Dylan Sidoo joined Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee and nine-time Pro Bowl selection Warren Moon on the mound at Angels’ Stadium in Anaheim, California. The Sidoo brothers were celebrating this year’s Crescent Moon Foundation Scholarship award winners and the recently formed partnership between Sidoo Family Giving and the Crescent Moon Foundation.

Jordan and Dylan, who head up Sidoo Family Giving, have always been deeply committed to help enhance the lives of those less fortunate in their home town of Vancouver, BC, Canada. They come by it honestly, as their parents, David and Manjy Sidoo, have set a strong example of community leadership and stewardship through their many philanthropic endeavors in their Lower Mainland community.

Their strong sense of obligation to give back to their community in Canada has grown international wings as the brothers have led the charge in partnering with the Crescent Moon Foundation to help youth in America as well.

Jordan Sidoo, Dylan Sidoo

The Crescent Moon Foundation Scholarship Award Winners, Jordan Sidoo, Dylan Sidoo and Warren Moon.

The Crescent Moon Foundation is a logical strategic partner for Sidoo Family Giving, as both organizations share a very similar mission:

Established in 1989, the Crescent Moon Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support for educational pursuits that will benefit children most in need who have displayed a commitment to their community, as well as other charitable causes. As part of the Crescent Moon Foundation’s mission, the Rising Moon Scholarship Program awards ten scholarships of up to $5,000 annually to students that demonstrate a commitment to their community, excel in leadership and academics, and who are in need.

“My mother taught me at a young age the importance of giving back,” said Moon, a Los Angeles native and Washington Huskies alum. “Unfortunately, not all kids today have someone guiding them or providing them with the means for success. It is my sincere hope the Crescent Moon Foundation can assist in that regard.”

For more information on the Crescent Moon Foundation: http://www.crescentmoonfoundation.org/

Additional photos of the California event can be seen at the Crescent Moon Foundation Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HWarrenMoon1

 

Dylan Sidoo Supports VPD Athletics Program for Youth

Dylan SidooDavid and Manjy Sidoo’s eldest son, Dylan, recently contributed $5000 to support the Vancouver Police Department’s Police Athletic League (PAL) program that provides opportunities for disadvantaged youth to participate in organized athletic events.

The Police Athletic League creates an environment for youth from lower socioeconomic backgrounds to learn and develop sportsmanship, teamwork and leadership skills. The community-oriented programs provide positive peer interactions, opportunities to develop problem-solving skills and exposure to supportive adult role models.

The PAL program is run by a member of the Vancouver Police Department and has a number of events scheduled for 2015, including a large-scale wrestling and weightlifting competition for provincial, national and international competitors; soccer tournaments; indoor basketball tournament; and a field hockey tournament.

Dylan’s contribution to the events will help to provide monetary awards, trophies, equipment and manpower to run each tournament. More than 2000 youth will be positively impacted by these events.

We wish the very best to everyone involved in the Vancouver Police Department’s long standing and valuable PAL program!

See media coverage of this donation here

Jordan Sidoo Raises $6500 for Breakfast Club Program

Jordan SidooIn late 2013, while Jordan Sidoo was still attending St George’s School in Vancouver, he started an online fundraising program selling pen-and-pencil sets to raise money to support the Breakfast Club program at Queen Alexandra elementary school. Although Jordan relocated to California to attend University of California, Berkeley, this year, he continued to run the fundraising program online and on December 11, 2014 attended the school to hand-deliver a cheque for $6500.

The Sidoo family has been supporting The Vancouver Sun Children’s Fun Adopt-A-School program for two years and Jordan has been actively involved along with his parents David and Manjy.

Jordan says he had a privileged life, so helping pay for breakfast for needy children “is the least I can do.”

“There’s no reason why other (privileged) people shouldn’t be getting involved. I know there are lots of people who could do this but it doesn’t seem to cross their minds.”

“Maybe if we can get the word out, it will inspire others.”

To help Jordan fundraise to support the Breakfast Club program, visit breakfast-club.ca and to support The Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund Adopt-A-School program, visit vansunkidsfund.ca.

Read more about Jordan’s cheque presentation at Quee Alexandra elementary here.

 

 

David Sidoo to be Inducted into the BC Football Hall of Fame

David Sidoo

David Sidoo during his playing days at UBC. Photo courtesy UBC Athletics.

On September 24, 2014 David Sidoo learned that he would be inducted into the BC Football Hall of Fame as this year’s recipient of the prestigious CFL Bob Ackles Award.  Sponsored by the CFL, the Bob Ackles Award is given annually for outstanding contribution to Canadian Football.

Bob Ackles was the founder of the BC Football Hall of Fame and had devoted more than 50 years of his life to football in British Columbia before he died in 2008. The highly revered and decorated champion for football in BC dreamt of creating the BC Football Hall of Fame as a legacy to honour football heroes past, present and future.

“The vision of the British Columbia Football Hall of Fame is to recognize individuals who positively influence the sport of football in British Columbia, and to honour football heroes past and present.”

David and the fifteen other inductees in categories including Athlete, Builder, Pioneer, Team, Media and Special Award will be officially inducted in a private ceremony on October 11, 2014. Fans will have a chance to salute the entire 2014 Class that same night as part of the Amateur Football halftime at the BC Lions vs. Ottawa Redblacks game at BC Place Stadium.

This is David’s second induction into the BC Football Hall of Fame. In 2012, David was inducted as part of the legendary 1982 UBC Thunderbirds Football team.

For more information about Bob Ackles, the BC Football Hall of Fame and the 2014 class of inductees, visit bcfootballhalloffame.com

Congratulations, David!

Jordan Sidoo Wins The Province Newspaper’s 2014 Head of the Class Adversity Award

Jordan Sidoo

Jordan Sidoo Wins The Province Newspaper’s 2014 Head of the Class Adversity Award

Jordan Sidoo’s passion for giving back to his community has become more and more evident as he continues to develop into an admirable young man. On this website we have focused often on his drive and determination to ensure that local children have food in their bellies and safe places to play while at school. Jordan has always been very humble about his accomplishments and prefers to maintain focus on those whom he strives to support.

For that reason it may come as a surprise then to learn that Jordan faced enormous physical challenges from the moment he was born. From an early age Jordan showed incredible grit and determination to overcome those challenges and become a respected competitor in the athletics program at St George’s School that will soon lead to further competition at the NCAA level.

Jordan’s perseverance and grit were evident to those around him and earlier this year he was nominated for The Province newspaper’s Head of the Class Adversity Award. After two weeks of voting wrapped up last month, the results were announced today: Jordan won!

As part of the awards announcement, Jordan’s in-depth profile was published in The Province’s online sports blog today, revealing from his perspective the challenges he faced as an athlete in his youth. Jordan shared that he was born with the most severe case of club feet that the hospital had seen, and that he persevered through surgeries, braces and physio to not only recover, but to clock a 12 second 100m dash by the time he was 12. Through a series of events Jordan eventually was asked to become the cox for St George’s School rowing team. And after four years of excelling in that role, Jordan will be going to one of the NCAA’s top rowing programs at the University of California-Berkeley.

The Adversity Award is part of The Province’s annual Head of the Class section in which it highlights some of British Columbia’s most accomplished athletes. Each year the Head of the Class Reader’s Choice Awards accept nominations for Coach of the Year and for the Adversity Award. Nominees of the Adversity Award are Grade 12 students who, according to The Province, “were to have shown a positive attitude and determination in overcoming extraordinary personal challenges.”

Jordan Sidoo

Jordan Sidoo

This year’s four finalists, including Jordan, were chosen from those submissions by The Province editorial department. The Province then turned the voting over to its readership.

Jordan’s brief bio was posted on The Province Head of the Class website along with the other finalists for consideration by the public:

Jordan Sidoo – St. George’s School
Born with severe club feet, Sidoo of Vancouver’s St. George’s School, defied the odds of his doctors to excel at three sports. In 10th grade he broke his arm in three places playing basketball but has since rebounded, joining the school’s rowing team as a coxswain. Sidoo was recently accepted to join the rowing program at prestigious Cal-Berkeley, which annually resides near the top of the NCAA rankings.

After two weeks of open online voting, the numbers were tallied and the results announced today. Read the full story.

Congratulations on your accomplishment Jordan!

Jordan Sidoo Presents $3000 to New Westminster Secondary School Breakfast Club Program

Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 7.16.04 PMJordan Sidoo has developed a passion to create awareness for and change in the lives of the thousands of children in British Columbia who go to school hungry each morning. Jordan believes very strongly that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and especially so for school age children whose classroom studies demand clarity and focus for several hours each day.

For more than a year Jordan has been working hard to raise money and awareness for the breakfast club programs operating in schools throughout the lower mainland. Last year he created a website, breakfast-club.ca, as a means to create awareness and raise money by selling pen and pencil sets online. Since Christmas 2013, Jordan has raised $8700 via the website alone, and every dollar is going to support breakfast clubs in the lower mainland.

On April 9, 2014, Jordan presented a cheque for $3000 to the New Westminster Secondary School Breakfast Club program. NWSS is the alma mater of Jordan’s father, David Sidoo, and his uncle, Paul. The donated funds will provide 3000 breakfasts to NWSS students over the course of one year.

The impact of this is not lost on Jordan, who feels very blessed with his family, friends and lot in life. According to Jordan’s father, David, “President Clinton would say, ‘To those whom much has been given much is expected.’ Although Jordan has had his share of adversity he learns from the down times, works hard and gives back.”

Simply put, if Jordan can help one child to have a better life, it’s all worth it.

Jordan Sidoo raises $5,600 through online sales of school supplies

manjyOn February 13, 2014, 17-year-old Jordan Sidoo, along with his parents David and Manjy, joined forces to serve a hot pancake breakfast to more than 60 children at Queen Alexandra Elementary School in Vancouver.

On this day, Jordan donated $5600 to the school’s emergency breakfast program, raised through the sales of pen/pencil sets and tote bags through his fundraising website www.breakfast-club.ca. David and Manjy Sidoo added another $4400 from the Sidoo Family Giving foundation.

During the Queen Alexandra Elementary pancake breakfast, Jordan presented a cheque in the combined total of $10000 to a school representative. And Queen Alexandra can certainly use the money – their emergency breakfast program consistently feeds nearly 70 children each day.

Screen Shot 2014-03-01 at 1.23.25 PMJordan acknowledged having experienced the lack of focus and energy that result from missing breakfast, though he admits it was due to his own choice to skip a meal.  Many local children miss breakfast on a school day, and not by choice. “I want to raise awareness about how important breakfast is as a meal for kids,” he said.

Diligent and determined, Jordan continues to raise more funds to support much-needed emergency breakfast programs in Vancouver area schools.

Read more about this event here:

http://www.vancouversun.com/pencil+sales+feed+hungry+children/9515068/story.html

David Sidoo Appointed to UBC Board of Governors for 2014

David Sidoo

David Sidoo during his playing days at UBC. Photo courtesy UBC Athletics.

Former CFLer David Sidoo has a long history of supporting and giving back to his alma mater, UBC. His contributions have been reflected in myriad ways, including a number of student scholarships and David’s name being attributed to the Thunderbird Stadium field – now known as “David Sidoo Field”.

In January 2014, the BC provincial government gave David Sidoo the honour of being appointed to the UBC Board of Governors. David’s term will last until December 31 of this year.

In addition to the President of UBC and the Chancellor the Board consists of nineteen members, of whom the provincial government appoints eleven and UBC students, faculty and staff elect eight.

From the UBC Board of Governors website:

“Established in 1908, the University of British Columbia (UBC) attracts 54,000 students from across Canada and 140 countries around the world to two major campuses.
 
The British Columbia University Act confers on the UBC Board of Governors responsibility for the management, administration and control of the property, revenue, business and affairs of the University.
 
Members of the UBC Board of Governors represent a diversity of backgrounds and bring to the Board the views of their various constituencies; decisions are ultimately made in the best overall interest of the University.”

Congratulations on your appointment, David!

More here.

Jordan Sidoo – Award of Excellence from NRI Institute

Jordan Sidoo was honoured with the Award of Excellence for Exceptional Accomplishment for a person of Indian Origin (Community Builder Category) from the NRI Institute of India in London, England.

Jordan is the youngest person to be ever honoured with this award by the Right Honourable Baroness Verma, Minister of Energy and Climate Change and Manu Jagmohan Singh the Secretary General of the NRI Institute at the British House of Lords.

Dylan Sidoo Featured on the Cover of desi TODAY Magazine

Dylan Sidoo

Dylan Sidoo featured in desiToday

The eldest of David and Manjy’s two remarkable sons, Dylan has returned home to Vancouver following a powerful and empowering first year of studies at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.

desi TODAY has featured Dylan in a highly complementary article that highlights his chosen path and his photo graces the cover of the June-July 2013 issue.

From the article,

 “Dylan Sidoo is one of those men who can naturally excel at something when he puts his mind to it. A former athlete with an interest in film, Sidoo left home with his family’s support and ventured to California to learn more about film production at Chapman University’s exclusive and illustrious Dodge http://sidoofamilygiving.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=633&action=edit&message=10College of Film and Media Arts. Now home for the summer with a year of studies and successful short films under his belt, Dylan has left a lasting impression on his peers as a down to earth film producer who will play a vital part of the future of the film industry.”

Read the full feature profile here.

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