Circle of Giving
Circle of 7

Past Board Members

Robert “Knobby” Knudsen (1930 – 2011)

Robert or “Knobby” Knudsen was born in 1930 and has led a life filled with notable accomplishments.

His long list of achievements includes being founder and First President of the AKO Minor Football League in 1965.  The next year, he became involved with Windsor Minor Hockey Association, and continued his involvement until 2005.  In 1979, he played a very large role in organizing the Windsor Essex County Sports Hall of Fame.  In 1987, he was once again founder and First President of a sports association, this time it was the Greater Windsor Baseball Council.

His more recent accomplishments include receiving Sport Fest Windsor’s 2005 Sportsman of the Year Award.  His is also very proud of his current undertaking called “Knobby’s Kids,” which is responsible for giving needy kids in the community free ice time at Lanspeary Park Outdoor Rink.

John Ferguson

John was one of the Founding Members of Circle of Seven, and a huge supporter at every turn.

John had a life long passion for his family as well as soccer, lacrosse, hockey and horses. John earned respect in his professional hockey career as a player with the Montreal Canadiens, winning five Stanley Cups and as an executive with Team Canada ’72, New York Rangers, Winnipeg Jets, Ottawa Senators, and the past 11 years with the San Jose Sharks. John bred, owned and raced thoroughbred and standard bred horses throughout North America. He received many honours and accolades in his professional career and within the horse racing industry.

At a very early age he demonstrated a commitment to helping those less fortunate than he. He was a generous man and was involved in many charitable organizations. John was an avid golfer and a member of the St. Charles Country Club of Winnipeg, and Essex Golf and Country Club, home to his 11th Annual John Ferguson Charity Golf Classic.

John passed at his home in LaSalle, Ontario on July 14, 2007, following 48 years of marriage to Joan Elizabeth (Bate). During his life he was blessed with four children and 10 grandchildren.

Keith White