VANCOUVER – The University of British Columbia through the generous support of the 13th Man Foundation is set to unveil a new facility that will serve as the academic headquarters for the UBC Thunderbirds Football program, enhancing UBC's core goal of ensuring athletes excel both on and off the field.
The $1.1 million UBC Football Academic Centre was made possible by an $800,000 gift from the 13th Man Foundation. The centre will support Head Coach Blake Nill's vision to put academics at the top of Thunderbird football priorities.
"Our commitment to these bright-minded student-athletes is to help them succeed both in the classroom and on the field. We will not consider ourselves successful unless we are achieving excellence in both facets of this program," states UBC Thunderbirds Head Coach Blake Nill.
Located just steps away from Thunderbird Stadium, the UBC Football Academic Centre will provide a space for all players to receive academic tutoring and advising. With more than 1,800-square-feet of multi-functional space, the centre will also be used for team meetings, game preparation and academic supervision. The facility will help ensure the success of current players and serve as an essential tool in the recruitment of top student-athletes who visit the Point Grey campus in hopes of suiting up for the Thunderbirds Football program.
The UBC Football Academic Centre opens in the midst of a season where the Thunderbirds will return to the Canada West playoffs after a 54-10 victory over Alberta on Saturday, Oct. 17.
The $800,000 gift from the 13th Man Foundation forms part of UBC's start an evolution campaign – the most ambitious fundraising and alumni engagement campaign in Canadian university history.
(Photo:From left to right: Kevin Konar, David Sidoo, Dr. Louise Cowin, Dr. Martha Piper and Jerry Dobrovolny)