Million dollar mark for President’s Breakfast for Athletics

By Dale Johnson Posted: September 12, 2017 4:30 p.m.

President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons welcomed world champion curler Ben Hebert as the guest speaker at this year’s President’s Breakfast for Athletics.
President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons welcomed world champion curler Ben Hebert as the guest speaker at this year’s President’s Breakfast for Athletics. Photo: U of R Photography

The Grand Ballroom at the Queensbury Centre was packed as almost 1,000 people came out this morning to throw their support behind athletics programs at the University of Regina. The President's Breakfast for Athletics raised more than $150,000, bringing the total raised over the course of the event's eight-year history to nearly $1,000,000.

"It’s wonderful to see such strong campus and community support for the Cougars and Rams at this event each fall, and at games and competitions throughout the year," said President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons.

"Our student-athletes wear our jerseys with pride and are hard-working role models for our youth," she added.

Monies raised at the breakfast go even further with a match of up to $100,000 by the President’s Office.

The funds are used to hire assistant coaches and support scholarships and out-of-conference competitions.

The guest speaker was curler Ben Hebert, an Olympic gold medalist, a two-time world curling champion, and three-time winner of the Tim Hortons Brier. Hebert inspired the student-athletes and guests with his talk about the importance of confidence in order to succeed.

This event would not be possible without the support of student-athletes, faculty, staff, and volunteers.

The emcee of the event, sportscaster Derek Meyers, said, “You don’t have to look very far to find University of Regina Rams and Cougars alumni being leaders in our community. So we’re not only shaping athletes while they’re attending the U of R, we are also shaping our own community – and making it stronger.”