Danny Rode receives Honorary Degree as part of RDC's 57th Convocation
Thursday, June 3, 2021
June 2021 marks Danny Rode’s 50th year as a sports writer in central Alberta. While any career of that duration is an achievement, Danny’s time as a journalist is marked not just by months and years on a calendar but by how he has conducted himself and who he has represented through thousands of interviews and articles.
As a passionate and knowledgeable sports writer, his unparalleled dedication to sharing the stories of local athletes places him on an elite level amongst journalists anywhere. Danny's decades-long commitment to RDC Athletics provides invaluable connections between the College, our student-athletes and the community, and he has helped to place RDC on the map as one of the best colleges in Canada.
Raised in Trochu, Carbon and Delburne, Danny has strong ties to the central Alberta region, along with a lifelong love of sports. After starting his career with Red Deer Advocate in 1971, Danny began his relationship with RDC Athletics, representing not just some student-athletes and teams, but all of them. Danny quickly became a fixture at competitions, and through the decades, he has earned the incomprehensible reputation of someone who never misses a home game for RDC’s teams.
He is not just an attendee, however, as Danny is truly invested in the student-athletes and coaches as individuals. His interviews are based on a fair, respectful and probing approach that provide a safe place for athletes of all ages and levels of experience. Danny truly goes the extra mile to represent these student-athletes, often in unsung and unknown ways. He has invested his time and personal resources, at times paying his own way to cover RDC’s Kings and Queens at national competitions. Through his solid and ethical reporting, Danny provides experienced opinions that connect RDC’s student-athletes with the communities that support them in meaningful and powerful ways.
While Danny continues to demonstrate an astounding commitment to RDC Athletics, one of the things that truly sets him apart is the care and attention he gives to athletes, competition and sporting organizations across central Alberta. From grassroots sports to high school competitions to professional leagues, Danny invests his time and energy to ensure that athletes and teams at all levels are represented in the community. He also plays a vital role in connecting readers to the national and international sporting stage, following local athletes as they pursue elite opportunities at the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Canadian Finals Rodeo and more.
When not writing stories about local athletes, Danny supports them through volunteerism. He has served on the planning committees for high school championships across a variety of sports, and he is currently on the Board of Directors for Alberta Sport Development Centre – Central. His high-level of commitment to journalism and athletics have resulted in several prestigious recognitions. Danny has been inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, where he was honoured with the Bell Memorial Award for sports media members. He has also received the Excellence in Reporting from the Alberta Schools Athletic Association, along with the Red Deer Lifetime Sport Achievement Award and the Al Bohonus Award for contributions to the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference.
Perhaps one of the greatest indicators of Danny’s contributions to RDC Athletics and the central Alberta sporting community can be seen in the outpouring of support for his Honorary Degree nomination. After 50 years of shining a bright light on athletes from central Alberta, Danny’s connections and colleagues from across the region felt he should be celebrated. Through 26 letters of support for his nomination, Danny’s contributions, commitment and passion became vibrantly evident. Now retired, Danny continues to demonstrate a significant contribution to Red Deer College, along with post-secondary education, the community and society - a hallmark requirement for a RDC Honorary Degree recipient. It is with great pride that Red Deer College announces Mr. Danny Rode as the recipient of the Honorary Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies for Convocation 2021.
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