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Memorial fund for underprivileged athletes in name of late Okanagan Sun player

Fund memorializes Kory

A memorial fund to support underprivileged youth athletes in B.C. has been set up in the name of former Okanagan Sun football player Kory Nagata.

The Kory Nagata Memorial Fund has been established to honour the 24-year-old Richmondite, who recently lost his life on the Fraser River after trying to retrieve a football.

According to the Vancouver Foundation, which set up the fund, Nagata’s family “hopes to carry on his legacy and his selfless, generous spirit which never failed to draw others to him and help lift them up.

“He was an extraordinary young man with an incredibly promising future, beloved and respected by his teammates, coaches, and friends. He made his family immeasurably proud.”

Nagata recently graduated with a 3.7 GPA from the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business, where he was a Thunderbirds running back.

He was recognized in 2019 for academic and athletic excellence by the Governor General’s U Sports Academic All-Canadian Commendation, given to exceptional student-athletes.

Nagata had spent some time in Virginia as a young boy and was raised in Richmond, where he began his football career as a running back for Richmond’s Hugh Boyd Trojans in high school.

He went on to help the Okanagan Sun reach the Canadian Junior Football League championship final.



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