UBC Athletics and Recreation is thrilled to welcome Freedom 55 Financial as presenting sponsor of the UBC Thunderbirds Big Block Awards and Sports Hall of Fame Banquet. The annual event will take place Tuesday, April 7 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
“The Big Block Awards banquet is one of the great university traditions in our province to celebrate the competitive spirit, drive and ambition of student-athletes on and off the field,” said Freedom 55 Financial Director, Advisor Recruiting, Shawn Olson. ” At Freedom 55 Financial, we understand the positive impact sport has on young people throughout their lives and we want to actively support them the best way we can.”
Freedom 55 Financial has been a long time supporter and partner of UBC Athletics and Recreation, having sponsored the du Vivier Team of the Year award at the Big Block Awards banquet, as well as being the team to beat in the annual sponsor category at Storm the Wall. 
“We are delighted for the continued support of Freedom 55 Financial,” said Ashley Howard, Managing Director, UBC Athletics and Recreation. “This is one of the biggest nights of the year for our department and we are happy to have them share in recognizing the best of what UBC Athletics has to offer, both past and present.”
UBC has had another banner season and continues to be the most successful athletics program in Canada, with 93 Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships and eight NAIA titles. So far this year, the women’s cross country, women’s field hockey, men’s rowing, men’s swimming, and women’s swimming teams have claimed national titles.
“UBC Athletics has been a leader in Canadian University sport for years, just as Freedom 55 Financial has been a leader in the financial service industry,” said Freedom 55 Financial Regional Director, Reid McGruer. “Our partnership is based on common values and the shared goal of building a vibrant and prosperous future for the next generation of Canadians.”
The banquet also recognizes this year’s inductees into the UBC Sports Hall of Fame. Swimmers Brian Johns and Kelly Stefanyshyn will be inducted in the Athlete category, while their former coach Tom Johnson will be the sole entry in the Builder Category. UBC men’s and women’s swim teams from 1998 to 2007 will be inducted in the Team category. The aptly named ‘Decade of Dominance’ saw the Thunderbirds win 10 consecutive men’s and women’s CIS Championships.