Niagara College was introduced today as the major sponsor of the Tribune Boys Basketball Tournament – Ontario’s oldest high school basketball tournament.
As part of a five year sponsorship agreement, the College will also host games at its new 1,000-seat Athletic Centre at the Welland Campus.
“We’re thrilled to be involved with such a great local sporting tradition, and to host games in our new facility,” said Sean Kennedy, Vice President of Student and External Relations. “Our Athletic Centre is designed not only as a student facility, but also as a community resource for local sports teams, and as a state-of-the-art venue for regional, provincial and national court-sport tournaments and events.”
Involvement with the tournament also makes sense for Niagara College from a recruitment point of view, in terms of both prospective students and student athletes.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to showcase the College, our facilities, our new Athletic Centre, and our varsity athletic program to local secondary school students,” said Brigitte Chiki, Director of Student Services. “More and more students are choosing college as a path to success, and this is a great chance to see all that’s available right here in Niagara.”
This year’s tournament runs from January 12-15, 2011, and will draw 16 teams from across the Niagara Peninsula. Niagara College will host four games in the championship bracket on Thursday, January 13. Other venues will include Eastdale Secondary School, Centennial Secondary School, Notre Dame College School and Ecole Secondaire Catholique Jean Vanier.
The Welland Tribune, the major sponsor since the tournament’s inception in 1955, will continue to be involved with the tournament as a media sponsor.
“We’re very excited to be working with Niagara College to ensure that the traditions associated with the oldest high school basketball tournament in Ontario continue,” said Tournament Co-Chair Don Larman. “We’re also proud of the close relationship we’ve had with the Tribune for 55 years.”
The new five-storey high Athletic Centre at the Welland Campus includes a double-varsity gymnasium with seating for 1,000 spectators, as well as expanded fitness and aerobics areas, central athletic therapy area, change rooms for athletes and officials and a two-storey entry concourse. The facility will also play host to the 2011 Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) Women’s Basketball Championships, March 15-19, 2011, and the 2011 OFSAA Triple A Girls Volleyball Championships, March 8-9, 2011.
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