University sponsors Summer Games

Vancouver Island University has joined the growing list of sponsors for the 2014 B.C. Summer Games, stepping up with a recent donation of $75,000.

As part of VIU’s contribution, it will be donating the use of various facilities, services and equipment, to help make the Games a reality.

A portion of the basketball competition will be hosted at the VIU gymnasium, and the university will be offering free parking during the event. Additionally, the university will provide access to its state-of-the-art cooking facilities, which will help feed athletes throughout the Games.

“It is with great pride that we as an institution are able to support the B.C. Summer Games and give back to the community that makes our university possible,” said VIU president Ralph Nilson. “We look forward to welcoming some of the best young athletes from across the province, and hope to see many of these athletes return to the VIU campus over the coming years.”

Jeff Lott, Nanaimo Games president, said, “It’s only with the support and participation of community leaders like Vancouver Island University that these Games will be possible.”

Athletes will be welcomed to campus later this summer, when Nanaimo hosts Games from July 17-20. A countdown clock will be on display at the VIU campus to raise awareness and encourage students and staff to get involved and volunteer at this community event.

The clock will also be brought to various other community events.

The Games will feature approximately 3,900 athletes, coaches and officials from across the province, competing at 19 different venues. It is estimated that the Games will contribute $2.6 million to the local economy.

For more information on volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Greg Constable at 250-756-9665.


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