Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School unveiled a brand new OES Football Scoreboard recently during their 50th High School Reunion.
The scoreboard fundraising was initiated through Alumni Laurier classmate Murray Faulkner (former London Police Chief). Murray spearheaded the project with longtime friend, Greg Marshall (Western Mustangs Football Head Coach) who both felt strongly about honouring a former Laurier student and dear friend. A committee was quickly formed who worked tirelessly for 5 months to raise all of the funding required to install the new scoreboard in honour of former London Mayor, Tom Gosnell. Mr. Faulkner commented that every one of the 86 donors were eager to support this legacy project.
The scoreboard is titled “Tom Gosnell Field” because the legacy extends beyond the scoreboard to improve the high school field as well.
The reunion took place Thanksgiving weekend where the new football scoreboard was unveiled with the Gosnell family present. Friends, students and faculty were all excited to have a new state of the art scoreboard for the Rams football season. Former classmates remembered Tom fondly as the very first Rams quarter back in 1966.
Jonas Kublinskas (Senior Football Coach) quoted that “it is remarkable how the scoreboard has inspired the students to add music and live announcing during games to enhance the game day experience”. Also of note, the Rams Senior Football team remained undefeated in the regular season!
Mr. Gosnell served the community as Mayor from 1986 to 1994 and will be remembered for his football passion. This scoreboard dedication is yet another reflection of Tom Gosnell’s dreams being realized.
Good Luck Rams!
Sir Wilfred Laurier Secondary School’s new OES football scoreboard.