June 13,2014(ISN) – Vancouver, Canada – The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) announced Friday that it would make a significant financial contribution to the Canucks for Kids Fund (CFKF) in support of the Westcoast Boys Club Network Foundation (BCN) through its UFC Community Works™ program. UFC Community Works™ is designed to make meaningful contributions to the Canadian communities where UFC events are held. On June 14, the UFC will host its third event in Vancouver with UFC® 174: JOHNSON vs. BAGAUTINOV at Rogers Arena.
CFKF is the charitable arm of the Vancouver Canucks which dedicates its resources to assist charities who support children’s health and wellness, foster the development of grassroots hockey and facilitate and encourage education in British Columbia. BCN, a beneficiary of the CFKF, identifies high-potential Canadian boys and young adultswho, through mere circumstance and lack of positive role models, are losingtheir innocence, happiness and basic human potential to hopelessness, drugs, even crime and the streets. The BCN formula is based on the foundational principles of mentorship, connectedness, trust and accountability through aproven curriculum of hope, opportunity, positive mentorship and education.
On June 13, participants from the BCN took part in a mentorship session and Q&A with former UFC welterweight champion and UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes. Hughes spoke with youth about overcoming challenges, making life choices and offered insight into his own personal challenges, development and success.
“Organizations like the Westcoast Boys Club Network Foundation are vitally important to helpyouth develop self-esteem and feel the support of a mentor,” said Tom Wright, UFC® Managing Director, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. “Ever since we opened up our offices in Canada, we have been committed to giving back to the communities that have hosted our events. Being able to support the BCN is a further example of that commitment.”
The UFC Community Works™ program name itself is a double entendre – it speaks to the notion that the UFC is going to do good work in the community and that communities work when they come together. UFC is looking to be a catalyst to promoting change in communities.