On the heels of his nationally recognized Crossroads book launch, the York University Athletics & Recreation Department has scheduled a York community celebration for Kaleb Dahlgren‘s fantastic accomplishment.
The Zoom event taking place on April 12 will feature Dahlgren talking about his book, a Q-and-A period and appearances by prominent members of the York athletic community.
The event begins at 12:30 p.m. with a welcome and address from Jennifer Myers, executive director of Athletics & Recreation for York University. BIVSAA (Black & Indigenous Varsity Student-Athlete Alliance) will also be on hand for support of Dahlgren, who is a member of the alliance and an advocate for Black and Indigenous rights on the York campus. BIVSAA co-presidents Monique Simon-Tucker and Teni Odetoyinbo will handle the event’s land acknowledgement, while York Sport Council president Tara Leithead will do the introduction.
Crossroads chronicles an unorthodox journey through life both before and after his involvement in a deadly bus accident that killed 16 of his junior hockey teammates, coaches and team administrators with the Humboldt Broncos on their way to a playoff game in Nipawin, Sask., in April 2018. At the intersection of Highway 335 and 35, a semi-truck missed a stop sign and ran into their bus, creating a scene that sent the sports world into an emotional rollercoaster for an extended period of time.
Life hasn’t been easy for the third-year commerce student – his experiences have been altered by multiple significant events throughout his childhood and young adult life. It began with his diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes at the age of four. Along with diabetes, Dahlgren still lives with severe brain trauma suffered from the bus crash.
The book also covers his childhood and early life, providing important context which proves essential in understanding his approach and resiliency which contributed to his recovery following the bus accident.
You must pre-register for this event here. Once registered, you will receive the Zoom link to access the virtual community celebration.
York Athletics & Recreation has partnered with the Alumni Engagement Team to bring Dahlgren and his story to the York University alumni family.