An incredible $75,000 was raised for Brock University student-athlete scholarships at the 17th annual President’s Golf Classic held at St. Catharines Golf and Country Club on Monday, May 27.
Nearly 150 golfers showed their support for the Brock Badgers at the event that has become a long-standing University tradition.
“It’s an outstanding day. Athleticism and sport is alive and well at Brock,” said University President Gervan Fearon. “This tournament is important for our students and the University. It brings together sponsors, but also allows us to showcase the outstanding accomplishments and character of our student-athletes to our community in Niagara.”
The tournament, founded by former Brock President David Atkinson and the late David S. Howes, raises funds to help Brock’s student-athletes, who face the daunting task of balancing athletics and academics.
“Funding like this takes a big stress off us as student-athletes,” said wrestler Jevon Balfour, who was named this year’s Brock Male Athlete of the Year. “We can optimally use our time to get better and it also takes stress off of the coaches as well. The mental boost it provides is unparalleled.”
Student-athletes at Brock not only make a significant contribution to the University with their leadership and community engagement, but also across the country, said Brian Hutchings, Vice-President, Administration.
“This event has a major impact and we’re overwhelmed with joy to see this show of support from the community,” he said. “The OUA and U SPORTS are full of talented student-athletes who don’t receive enough recognition. The level of commitment to athletics and academics by Canadian student-athletes is second to none.”
For the third consecutive year, Rankin Construction was the presenting sponsor.
Other major sponsors include: Whiting Equipment Canada; AllianceBernstein Canada Inc.; Sullivan Mahoney LLP; Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP; Cinema Stage Inc; CDW Canada; Brock Plaza Corporation; Mawer Investment Management; Garda Canada Security Corp.; Commercial Cleaning Services; Brock University Alumni Association; PepsiCo; Attridge Transportation; Quartek Group Inc; McCallum Sather Architects; Deloitte; E.S. Fox Limited; Scotiabank; Canadian Tire Bank Group; Sodexo; Barings; Jackson-Triggs Niagara; WSP; Telcon Datvox; Aquicon; Niagara Falls Business Events; and T. Litzen Sports Ltd.
To learn more about how to support Brock Badgers student-athletes, visit gobadgers.ca/DonateNow