Kelly Olynyk

VANCOUVER – As the UBC Thunderbirds proudly prepare to host the Canadian basketball elite, March 17-20 for the Arcelormittal Dofasco CIS Men’s Basketball Final 8 Championships, a bruising BC-born power forward is joining the starting line-up as an ambassador.

Kelly Olynyk was a high school phenomenon in his hometown of Kamloops, before going on to be a full blown star and house hold name playing for the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the NCAA. In 2013 Kelly was drafted into the NBA where he now plays for the storied Boston Celtics franchise. Kelly holds deep ties to basketball in Canada and British Columbia. UBC is honoured to count him as an ambassador for the upcoming CIS Men’s Basketball Final 8 Championships.

“I’m excited to be an ambassador for the CIS Men’s Final 8 Championship to be held this year at UBC,” says Olynyk. “As someone who grew up playing basketball in this province, I know how great this is for the game in the region. This tournament will showcase some of the country’s top players and teams for BC and the whole country.”“We are thrilled that Kelly Olynyk will be an ambassador for the CIS Men’s Championships,” says Thunderbirds Head Coach Kevin Hanson.“I’ve known Kelly and his family for a long time. Kelly epitomizes the type of Canadian and successful person, on and off the court, that is a great role model for the basketball community.”