The Rob LeNoury Memorial Squash Program, has once again partnered with North Okanagan Youth & Family Services Society (NOYFSS) to introduce eight kids, ages 8 to 14, to the game of squash.

Rob LeNoury, a gentle giant with a big smile, was a regular at the club since moving to Vernon in 2003. His passing in April 2020 left a hole in the hearts of his family, friends and the squash community. But his love for the game of squash and youth development lives on through his legacy – the memorial program that honours his passion.

A former competitive squash player, Rob was passionate about all sports — as a player, fan and father. Rob loved nothing more than to watch his son Michael compete and would drive anywhere to cheer him on. He also worked for NOYFSS in the family services division for 14 years, coaching and mentoring children and their parents.

“Rob felt that sports were important in the development of kids, both physically and mentally,” said his wife Katrina LeNoury. “We are now entering the third year of this program and we’re thrilled The Roster has once again given us an opportunity for local youth to enjoy a sports activity that they may not have otherwise been able to. We’ve seen kids who have been positively impacted by this experience and I know Rob would have been so proud of the program that we’ve created.”

NOYFSS offers a broad range of social programs that strengthen, nurture and protect the healthy development of children, youth and families. Programs are delivered through community-based outreach, skill-building and educational groups and residential services. NOYFSS serves over 1200 families per year.

“It’s been proven that sports play a big role in supporting the healthy development of youth.” Says Dean Francks, Executive Director, NOYFSS.  “The Rob LeNoury Memorial Squash Program is continuing to benefit youth by not only promoting physical health and exercise but also in areas such as self-confidence, teamwork and community engagement.”

“I’m thrilled to be working with NOYFSS and the LeNoury family on this initiative that honours Rob,” said The Roster Squash Pro, Pete Trafford. “This program will help youth who otherwise may not have opportunity to participate, experience the great game of squash. I’m proud to be part of Rob’s legacy.”

To date, funds for the memorial program have been provided by family and subsidized by The Roster. If anyone is interested in contributing to this program in Rob´s memory, they may do so by contacting NOYFSS or donating online at https://noyfss.org/about-us/get-involved/