Sun Youth co-founder Earl De La Perralle remembered for contributions to Montreal sports scene

Earl De La Perralle is being remembered on social media by his former athletes, Montreal politicians and community members as a kind-hearted man and caring coach who dedicated his life to building sports programs in the city.

Impetus behind Sun Youth's football, basketball and other sports programs remembered as kind-hearted coach

Social media is full of tributes to Earl De La Perralle, the co-founder of Sun Youth. The organization announced his passing on Wednesday. (Twitter/Sun Youth)

Earl De La Perralle, the co-founder of Sun Youth and the impetus behind the community agency's sports programs for decades, has died, the organization has announced.

"We wish to express our deepest condolences to Earl's family and friends and will always remember the great man that he was," Sun Youth said in a tweet.

De La Perralle is being lauded on social media by his former athletes, politicians and members of the community as a kind-hearted man and caring coach who dedicated his life to building football and basketball and other sports programs in the city.

De La Perralle was nine years old in 1954 when he and Sid Stevens, then 13, started a handwritten newspaper called The Clark Street Sun that they loaned to families in their neighbourhood.

They used the money to buy sports equipment and organize sports and recreation activities, an endeavour that would eventually become the Sun Youth organization.

"He felt it was important to never give up on youth. He always said that parents abandon their kids. But coaches shouldn't abandon their kids," said Stevens, who co-founded the organization with his childhood friend. 

Sun Youth's food bank provides free food items and other supplies to vulnerable people, a range of emergency services to people in need and runs a number of sports programs and day camps.

With files from CBC Montreal's Homerun


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