Will-to-Win Classic History
In 1983 Bill Heindl, who had suffered a spinal cord injury, approached Les Allen and Don Baizley with the idea of organizing some method of raising funds for spinal cord research on an ongoing basis. The Will-to-Win Classic was born with the inaugural tournament in 1984.
The money provided by the Will-to-Win participants has been extremely important to the evolution of the Spinal Cord Research Centre. The tournnament began with 60 competitors and has grown to 112 participants.
The original five year commitment to raise funds has continued through 24 years and will continue in the future.
Dr. Larry Jordan, former director of the SCRC:
“Spinal cord research has benefited from the Will-to-Win Classic in several major ways. The first of these is the fact that formation of the Winnipeg Spinal Cord Research Centre would never have been possible without the initial investment provided by the Will-to-Win funds.
“The prospect of a continuing source of funds dedicated to spinal cord research prompted the creation of the Centre, and made possible the recruitment of talented young scientists.”