UVic Vike Emily Bennett strikes a long pass against the Island Wildcats in exhibition play at UVic

UVic Vike Emily Bennett strikes a long pass against the Island Wildcats in exhibition play at UVic

Vikes Championship breaky nears half a million in scholarships

Vikes Championship Breakfast at UVic raises $460,000 for student-athlete scholarships

UVic Vikes athletes were up early on Tuesday as they seated guests, poured orange juice and waited tables for the sixth annual Vikes Championship Breakfast at UVic.

Over 1,450 tickets were sold for the event and approximately 600 people attended the breakfast, raising $460,000 for student-athlete scholarships. It brought the six-year total to more than $2.4 million.

“We now have student-alumni who have benefited through their five-year varsity career. It is evident that this generation not only appreciates the support but also understands the importance of now stepping up to support future generations at the Vikes Championship Breakfast,” said Clint Hamilton, director of athletics and recreation.

For the first five years UVic matched the first $150,000 raised and upped it to $200,000 this year.

With support from the university and title sponsor, PepsiCo Canada, as well as ticket sales of just over $290,000, varsity student-athletes will be able to continue to focus on their competition and training.

Author and neuroscience professor Dr. E. Paul Zehr from UVic was the keynote speaker.

Breakfast Totals raised:2013: $465, 0002012: $462, 6062011: $424, 6852010: $377, 4052009: $338, 1962008: $330, 961