2007 Amateur Award

Cal Adams Jr.
Born:  Sarnia, Ontario
Sport:  Lacrosse, Football & Hockey

Cal Adams Jr. was born September 29, 1942 in Sarnia and spent his life on the Sarnia Chippewa Reserve or the Aamjiwnaang First Nation as it is known as today.  Cal went to the Blue Water Public School and then attended the Sarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical School. After high school, Cal pursued a mechanical drafting at Ryerson and throughout his adult years he would work at progressive and meaningful projects in all the major plants in the Chemical Valley.

Cal followed in his father's footsteps; Cal began a sports regime that included track and field, football, baseball, hockey and lacrosse. Cal took part in the sports offered at S.C.I.T.S. He was fortunate enough at the age of 17 to play on the Jr. "B" Legionnaires Hockey team in 1959-60 in what would be one of their most successful seasons.

Throughout the 1960's Cal played for the Sarnia Imperials Football team as well as hockey and lacrosse. The Sarnia Beavers Lacrosse team afforded him the opportunity to play with some of what Cal considered the best lacrosse players at that time -    Duddy Barr, Bill Barr, Paul Soper, Tom Wright and Gaylord Powless. In the early 1970's Cal turned his interest to coaching minor lacrosse with a small team from the Sarnia Reserve and along with Pete McPhederan traveled to U.S. cities to referee in the American Lacrosse League.

Whenever an opportunity for sports presented itself to Cal, he always answered "Lets Do It". Cal Adams Jr. died suddenly on January 26, 1990 of a heart attack. He left daughters Stacey and Stephanie and wife of 21 years, Dee. In 1990 the Sarnia Reserve honored Cal Adams by hosting the "Cal Adam's Memorial Two Pitch Tournament and in 2004 the  Southwest Region Union of Ontario Indians presented Cal a lifetime achievement award for 21 years. In 1990 the Sarnia Reserve honored Cal for being a leader and role model to youth. Cal never did need awards for doing the things he loved. He thrived on competition and camaraderie sports provided him. 

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