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LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western’s annual Complete Champions Lunch fundraising event raised a record $150,000 for Spartan student-athletes last Wednesday at the Langley Events Centre.

The 6th Annual Dowco Group Complete Champions Lunch, which featured guest speaker Anthony Calvillo, exceeded this year’s goal of $135,000 and topped last year’s total by nearly $30,000.

The corporate event, which is hosted by the Spartan Foundation, is entirely focused on raising funds for the TWU Spartans Athletics program and the Complete Champion Approach with the intention to impact student-athlete lives.

“We are so encouraged that this corporate fundraising lunch continues to grow and gain momentum each year to help the teams and athletes,” said Steve Scholz, Executive Director of the Spartan Foundation. “We feel extremely blessed by the support from our corporate sponsors, table sponsors and donors who contributed to our matching fund, as well as those who donated on the day of the event. It is exciting to invest and help student-athletes grow and develop today, as one day, they will be our future leaders.”

The lunch featured retired CFL quarterback Calvillo as the guest speaker. The three-time Grey Cup champion shared his story – from the football field to his faith – to the crowd of nearly 350 in attendance.

“The biggest thing is that (the Spartan Foundation) is raising funds to help athletes go out there and perform on the field,” Calvillo said. “That’s something that is very important to me and this opportunity also gave me the chance to speak about my faith, which I don’t get too many opportunities to do so out in the public.”

Click here to watch a 10-minute sit-down interview with Calvillo on SpartansTV.

About Complete Champion ApproachTM (CCA)
Spartans Athletics is intentionally committed to developing the five key components of the CCA, including academic, athletic, leadership, personal and spiritual development. The CCA works towards helping student-athletes use their God-given talents and intellect to live a life of significance, experience true personal success and powerfully influence their families, teams, communities and cultures.

About Spartans Athletics
The Spartans Athletic department consists of 10 CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) teams, including men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, soccer, track and field and volleyball, and one BCIHL (British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League) team. Since joining the CIS in 1999, the Spartans have won eight CIS team championships and 14 Canada West conference team championships.

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS)
Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Every year, over 11,500 student-athletes and 700 coaches from 56 universities and four regional associations vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships.

About Spartan Foundation
The mission of the Spartan Foundation is to invest in student-athletes today, which will help develop Complete Champions and leaders for tomorrow; all with the purpose to further God’s Kingdom.