VANCOUVER – The UBC Department of Athletics and Recreation is proud to make two exciting announcements regarding the most successful fundraising event in Canadian university sport.
With women’s soccer in the spotlight in Vancouver next year, Christine Sinclair, the country’s all-time leader in caps and goals and the most recognizable name in Canadian women’s sports, will be the featured panelist at the 2015 ZLC Financial Millennium Scholarship Breakfast.
UBC Athletics and Recreation is thrilled to welcome ZLC Financial Group as title sponsor of the Tuesday, February 24 event at the Vancouver Convention Centre — East.
“ZLC Financial is excited to make a commitment to the sponsorship of the breakfast,” said ZLC Financial Group President Garry Zlotnik. “Being a former Thunderbird and with our long connection to UBC, we believe in the investment in student athletes and the importance of keeping them in Canada.”
ZLC Financial Group was created in 1979 by co-founder Harold Zlotnik. Its ties to the Thunderbirds run deep as company Director Marty Zlotnik, a former UBC varsity golfer, founded the Millennium Scholarship Breakfast in 1999. To date it remains Canada’s most successful varsity fundraising event, helping the UBC Athletics and Recreation Scholarship endowment to more than $11.5 million, the largest in Canada.
“The Millennium Breakfast is a wonderful opportunity for UBC Athletics & Recreation to share our latest developments and to raise critical funding for student-athlete scholarships and varsity team operations,” said Ashley Howard, UBC’s Managing Director, Athletics & Recreation. “This is a pivotal event in our department’s calendar where we can drive forward on our goals to deliver excellence on the national and world stage, and to nurture a strong sense of community amongst our alumni, key partners, coaches, and student athletes. We are grateful to ZLC and their leadership in sponsoring the breakfast, and to UBC for their generous match of funding that will be raised through the event.”
UBC is home to the most successful athletics program in Canada, with 91 Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships and eight NAIA titles. So far this year, the women’s cross country, women’s field hockey and men’s rowing teams have claimed national titles. UBC President Dr. Arvind Gupta honoured 149 Academic All-Canadians earlier this month.
“The breakfast continues to be a marquee event for us, and one many people attend year after year,” said Steve Tuckwood, Director of Development and Alumni Engagement for UBC Athletics and Recreation. “I cannot thank ZLC Financial enough for joining us as title sponsor. They are continuing to help our athletes meet their full potential in the academics and athletics.”
CHRISTINE SINCLAIR PHOTO BY BOB FRID/SOCCER CANADA
A native of Burnaby, B.C., Sinclair captained Canada’s women’s soccer to a bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Her heroics, which included a spectacular hat trick in the semifinal against the United States and the tournament’s Golden Boot award, earned her the honour of serving as Canada’s flag bearer at the closing ceremonies.
Sinclair has played in three FIFA World Cups (2003, 2007 and 2011) and led Canada to gold at the 2011 Pan American Games. In addition to her appearance at the 2012 Olympics, she also played for Canada at the 2008 Games in Beijing, and is a five-time nominee for FIFA World Player of the Year.
Other panelists joining Sinclair will be announced at a later date.
Women’s soccer will take centre stage in Vancouver next year. The city will host nine 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup matches, including the championship final, at BC Place. Hometown hero Sinclair will undoubtedly be one of the biggest stars of the event, which will run across Canada from June 6 to July 5.
Then on the weekend of November 12-15, Vancouver will welcome the best university players in the country as UBC hosts the Canadian Interuniversity Sport women’s soccer championship at Thunderbird Stadium.