In less than two years, The Connor Timmons Memorial Scholarship Fund, which was established to honour the memory of a former Cape Breton University student-athlete, has reached its $100,000 goal. This is an amazing feat that represents the love and respect that so many people had for Connor.
On May 9, 2009, only four days shy of his 21st birthday, Connor Timmons died tragically in a car accident. Connor was a former member of the CBU men’s soccer team and son of Jari-Ann and Stephen “Ness” Timmons, head coach of the CBU women’s soccer team. Connor was a great son, brother, teammate, and friend to all who knew him. His smile, warmth, faith and personality lit up the room. His life was not long, but everyone who knew Connor is grateful for the time they were able to share with him while he was here.
“Connor Timmons was an exceptional young man whose life ended far too early. His legacy will live on at Cape Breton University through this special scholarship, a scholarship that will recognize CBU student-athletes who mirror Connor’s values of virtue, courtesy and superior athleticism. The success of the campaign speaks to the love and respect that family, friends and the community had for Connor, and I am proud that we are honouring him. His was a life that had impact and his story will continue to inspire students for years to come,” says John Harker, CBU President & Vice-Chancellor.
The money was raised as part of the Creating Champions Campaign at Cape Breton University, which is set up to create an endowment fund for student-athletes. The special thing about this award is that the majority of the donations were raised in the community where Connor lived and by his friends and those whose lives he touched. Connor lived every day as if it was a gift and inspired this in all who he encountered. One of his goals was to help others and make a difference. It is fitting that this award in his name will make a difference in the lives of CBU student-athletes for generations to come and is available because he made such a difference in the lives of those around him.
“Today is an emotional one. We feel such gratitude for the generous efforts of so many others. People are so good! Connor loved sports. Through sport, he had a lot of fun, he made many friends and he learned valuable life lessons. Through this scholarship, other local student-athletes will benefit in similar ways – and that is a good thing. We miss Connor so much, but we see how he continues to inspire others. This scholarship is a tangible way to both honour Connor’s memory and to assist other young people as they pursue their dreams. Really, the whole experience here today is overwhelming. It shows what can be accomplished when people work together for a good cause. Thank you to CBU for their initiative and to everyone out there who has helped to make this idea a reality. God bless you,” says Jari-Ann and Stephen “Ness” Timmons.
Connor was an inspiration and he would be so honoured and humbled by this award and the generosity of all who made it happen. The Connor Timmons Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to deserving Cape Breton University students displaying the characteristics of athletic excellence, community service and leadership – all qualities that made Connor an extraordinary young man.