By Ali Lee, with files from Mike McNeney, UVic Alumni Relations
VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes Athletics and Recreation celebrated the Jan. 29 basketball games in style at the CARSA Performance Gym. Not only was the night filled with pink in support of the 9th Annual Shoot for the Cure, raising funds and awareness for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, but a very special ceremony took place before the men’s game against UBC. A $100,000 donation from the UVic Alumni Association was celebrated by the unveiling of the new Student Spirit Section in the CARSA Performance Gym.
The large donation from the UVic Alumni Association will support scholarships, bursaries and athletics and will be permanently recognized in the new spirit section. The association’s gift included $75,000 for scholarships and bursaries, as well as $25,000 for CARSA.
“The history and accomplishments of student-athletes are sources of incredible pride at UVic,” said Lesley Patten, UVic Alumni Association President. “The link between active, healthy lifestyles and education has always been important at UVic. This donation reflects and enhances that connection even more.”
The donation comes as the UVic Alumni Association begins its ninth annual Alumni Week – a series of more than a dozen events to highlight the impact of UVic grads in their communities.
“It is wonderful to see our UVic Alumni Association step up and make a significant contribution to a UVic priority project,” said Clint Hamilton, Director of Vikes Athletics and Recreation. “This is a powerful statement and a tremendous example of the positive impact that our alumni continue to make on UVic. The Spirit Section in our new performance gymnasium will no doubt engender even more passionate, loyal and enthusiastic supporters and alumni for UVic.”
Over the years, the volunteer-led UVic Alumni Association has given nearly $900,000 in support of students and the university.
The association also supports ongoing excellence in teaching and distinguished alumni awards, alumni events, benefits, and communications.