Two teams of debaters from the RSDA represented each side of the topic: should athletes be forced to retire after one concussion? The teams of two weighed the pros and cons of each side and battled against each other, often humorously. After both sides finished their arguments, the side for retiring won the debate with a louder cheer from the audience.
On the lighter side of things, students across all three groups, as well as students from the audience, participated in the fun sports debates, which included the longtime debate of Lionel Messi versus Cristiano Ronaldo.
The panel of judges for the debate consisted of sports attorney Layth Gafoor, neurosurgeon Eric Massicotte, and medical psychiatrist Shree Bhalerao. Each of them gave valuable insight on concussions and mental illness from the legal, medical, and psychological perspective.
The CEO of On Point Basketball, Drew Ebanks, and Ryerson's own Director of Athletics, Ivan Joseph, made guest appearances in the audience. On Point Basketball helped contribute greatly to our raffle by donating On Point Basketball apparel, as well as the opportunity to spend a day in the life of Mr. Ebanks.
All ticket and raffle sales went directly to Parachute Canada, a charity devoted to preventing injuries with an emphasis on concussion prevention. Thanks to Parachute Canada, who donated an autographed Demar Derozan jersey as a raffle prize.
The event’s success puts us in a great position moving forward as our next event, the RSBA Networking Night, approaches on November 19. See you there!