Ensuring an elite basketball program for another 50 years

By Greg Duck Posted: November 15, 2018 11:00 a.m.

Cougar’s alumni gathered for the Cougar Alumni Basketball (CAB) 50th Reunion Weekend on November 3, and launched their $1 million fundraising goal.
Cougar’s alumni gathered for the Cougar Alumni Basketball (CAB) 50th Reunion Weekend on November 3, and launched their $1 million fundraising goal. Arthur Images

After celebrating their 50th anniversary, the men’s Cougars basketball team and alumni want to ensure the program thrives for at least another 50 years. 

Three former ‘Cougs’ are leading the charge to fundraise $1 million to establish the Cougar Alumni Basketball (CAB) Endowment Fund. Chris Biegler - now living in Ottawa (played ’85-’89), Grant McGlaughlin - now living in Toronto (played ’89-’92), and Craig Perrault - living in Regina (played ’91-’95), have been talking about creating the fund for a while now; the 50th reunion and 51st season kick-off seemed like the perfect opportunity to launch the effort. 

“Costs are always on the rise - we knew that it was time to do something for the Cougars,” said Biegler. 

By creating the fund, the group hopes to establish a long-term solution to support the men’s basketball program. Donations will be pooled in a manner similar to a mutual fund. Before each season, an advisory committee of former players, and the University will meet to decide how to allocate funds between scholarships, staffing, and team-related expenses. 

“With a donation, you are helping to support elite student-athletes and program excellence,” said Biegler. “We are producing alumni that are leaders in the school and the community.” 

The kick-off for the fund took place at the CAB 50th Reunion Weekend on November 3, when former players were welcomed back to their University to reconnect, and support their alma mater. So far, more than $511,000 has been raised from just eight donors. CAB is in the process of connecting with all former players and supporters with the hope of reaching their goal by the end of the 2018-19 season. 

“Being a student athlete allowed me to play the sport I loved at a high-level while getting an education. The friendships and experiences I had at the U of R shaped who I am today. Imagine what can be done for our future Cougs if Cougar fans, former players, and alumni get behind this initiative,” said Biegler. 

Learn more about how you can support the Cougar Alumni Basketball Endowment Fund. 

Visit the Cougar Alumni Basketball site.