TWU Athletics up to par

Whether on the soccer pitch or in the gym, Trinity Western University's Spartan Athletics teams consistently exceed expectations. The first Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) bronze medal in team sports won by the men's volleyball team this March is indicative of that. Now, thanks to the support of the surrounding community, the Spartan's fundraising efforts are no different. This spring, the willingness of local businesses to invest in the program has made the TWU Athletics' 10th Annual Golf Tournament the most successful Spartan fundraiser yet.

Held at the Westwood Plateau in Coquitlam, the event successfully raised $75,000 beating last year's record of $63,000. “We've set a new standard for funds raised at a TWU golf event,” said TWU Associate Director of Athletics Steve Scholz, event coordinator. Speedy Glass, Coca-Cola, Wirelesswave, Sodexho, and Suncruz were some of the major sponsors who contributed to the success of this year's tournament.

“It's an event with a great cause and a great venue,” says Jim Janz, board member for Kidzap, an online educational program for kids and this year's only platinum sponsor. “It's just a fun and classy way to support TWU.”

$25,000 will go toward Student-Athlete Scholarship Endowments. The other $50,000 will go to developing the department's Complete Champion Approach (CCA) for the 2004-2005 season. “The Complete Champion Approach looks to develop the whole of Spartan student-athletes,” says Scholz. “That includes the physical, intellectual, social, academic and spiritual.”

TWU's student-athletes are given the opportunity to participate in the student-athletic council, life skill seminars, career placements and other activities designed to develop more than just the physical. “We encourage student-athletes to use their talents in all respects, to live a life of significance, with personal success in their families and the communities they're involved in” says Scholz.

This year's athletes experienced particular success both on the court and academically. In addition to winning TWU's first two CIS medals—the national bronze for men's volleyball and Canwest silver for men's soccer—31 per cent of TWU's student-athletes were Royal Bank CIS Academic All-Canadians. These students maintained a 3.20 grade point average while competing at the CIS level. And in May, master's student Kent Bergstrom, fourth-year guard on the mens' basketball team, was awarded a $17,500 research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) for his graduate work in theology.

“We're extremely happy with the efforts of this year's student-athletes and the results of the tournament,” says Scholz. “And we're particularly appreciative of all the support from our corporate sponsors, donors, and golfers.”

As official members of Canadian Interuniversity Sport, the Spartans compete in six sports in the Canada West division of the CIS: Men's and Women's Soccer, Basketball and Volleyball.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,500 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 38 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 13 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and leadership.

Last Updated: 2015-07-20
Author: Keela Keeping