Supporting Student Athletes in the Okanagan
UBC Okanagan Athletics
The University of British Columbia provides students with more than a world-class education.
Our athletics program at UBC Okanagan features nationally recognized coaches, outstanding facilities, and incredible support services for academics and student wellbeing. Competing in U SPORTS and/or in the Canada West conference in men's and women's basketball, cross country running, golf, soccer and volleyball, UBC Okanagan student-athletes are competing at the highest level of amateur competition in the country. UBCO has recently introduced a Competitive Sport Club model that currently boast opportunities in men's and women's rugby, softball, and, track & field. This level of offering to students demonstrates that UBC Okanagan is committed to post-secondary sport.
Our goal is attracting high-achieving students with the athletic ability required to be competitive at the national level. We recruit these students from within the Okanagan Valley, throughout the province and across the country. Our Athletics Scholarship Endowment helps us provide
the financial assistance needed to support these outstanding UBC student athletes.
Creating the endowment
Exceptional athletics programs are built with the help of exceptional supporters. Being a UBC student athlete requires a substantial commitment of time and effort throughout the entire academic year. UBC is dedicated to providing the financial support to ensure a quality athletic and academic experience. Through your contribution, you are helping to build an outstanding varsity athletics program.
Matching your donation
The University of British Columbia recognizes the value of varsity sport as a vital component of a university education and has demonstrated this recognition by offering to match every dollar that is raised through ticket sales for the Athletics Scholarship Breakfast. Our goal is to build an endowment that will provide support for our student athletes today and for decades to come.
This endowment is a fast-growing component of our student athlete financial assistance program. To date, nearly $1,000,000 has been raised from Breakfast proceeds.
UBC would like to thank RBC for continuing their generous support of our scholarship programs. 2019 marked the first with RBC as a title sponsor of this event.
When the University of British Columbia established the Okanagan campus the varsity athletics programs on the Kelowna campus looked for ways to create opportunities to help support student athletes, similar to what happens in Vancouver.
A breakfast for the community to celebrate the athletic achievements at UBCO punctuated with a keynote speaker that will bring an inspiring story about life in sport was the route taken to UBC in support of athletics looking to move up.
The varsity athletics program, which includes players from both UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College, would like to ascend into the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Canada West conference, widely recognized as the highest level of post-secondary athletics competition in Canada.
After a successful first breakfast on April 21, 2006, held as they all have been, in the Coast Capri Ballroom with speakers: Lois and Cliff Serwa and Jackie Wong raised $25,000 for a brand-new UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Endowment.
During the breakfast, it was announced that UBC will match that amount – doubling the initial endowment total to $50,000. It was also announced that Valley First Financial Group has committed to be the title sponsor for the first two years of the fund-raising breakfast.
In July of 2006, Bob Lindsay, a long-time Kelowna businessman and active booster of amateur sports in the Okanagan, was brought on as the chairperson for the Valley First Credit Union / UBC Okanagan Athletic Scholarship Breakfast.
Key Dates in the history of the breakfast:
- 2006 - Inaugural scholarship breakfast creating the UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Endowment.
- 2007 - First year with Valley First as title sponsor of the scholarship breakfast.
- 2008 - It was announced that the UBC Okanagan teams would now be known as the 'Heat'. | Video
- 2012 - Surpassed over $350,000 raised for student athletes.
- 2015 - Was the 10th anniversary of the breakfast and crossed the half-a-million mark in dollars raised for student athletes. | Video
- 2018 - 10 years playing as the 'Heat'. New Director of Athletics, Tom Huisman, makes his first appearance as head of the Heat.
- 2019 - RBC becomes title sponsor of the breakfast.
2015 was the event's 10th anniversary and UBCO.tv created a short video to highlight the first decade of the breakfast.