Stations donate $275,000 to Huskies & stadium
Melfort-based radio stations CK750 and CJVR-FM have given a major boost to Huskie Athletics and the Griffiths Stadium upgrade project.
The stations’ president, Gene Fabro, and general manager, Ken Singer, presented a $275,000 cheque to U of S President Peter MacKinnon and Dean of Kinesiology Carol Rodgers at a pre-game event at Griffiths Stadium Nov. 5, before the Canada West semi-final football game between the Huskies and the University of Alberta Golden Bears.
A U of S news release says the radio stations, long known as “the voice of the Huskies” for their live broadcasts of the team’s football games, are “not just talking the talk – they are walking the walk” for the University’s athletics program. And the radio executives said they’re glad to help.
“CK750 has been the voice of the Huskies for the past 10 years,” says Fabro. “We are proud to play such an important role in linking the Huskie Athletic program to the broader community and hope our gift will encourage other Saskatchewan businesses to support the U of S.”
Of the gift, $50,000 will support the Huskie Athletic programs and $225,000 will support additional upgrades to Griffiths Stadium beyond the major field and lighting improvements already announced which will be carried out with a $5 million donation from PotashCorp. The improvements are required by Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) before the U of S hosts the national football championship Vanier Cup in the stadium in November 2006.
U of S President MacKinnon says, “Huskie football draws fans from across the province to our campus. With the support of industry leaders like CK750 and CJVR FM, we will be able to improve our athletics facilities so they better reflect the outstanding success of our athletic programs and provide a great place to host a wider variety of events.”
Rodgers says the decision about what component of the stadium upgrade will be supported by this gift still requires Board of Governor approval and will be announced in the near future.
In recognition of CJVR’s financial commitment, Huskie Athletics has extended the current agreement with the radio station giving CK750 exclusive radio broadcasting rights for Huskie football through to the end of the 2014 season.
Live play-by-play broadcasts of Huskie football games with veteran sports broadcaster Neil Shewchuk and Kelly Bowers reach alumni and Huskie fans throughout Saskatchewan. Fans across Canada and around the world also listen to the broadcasts on the station’s website: www.ck750.com.
The donation was made through the University’s ‘Thinking the World of our Future’ $100-million 2001-07 fundraising campaign. Campaign priorities include enhancing the student experience, increasing financial support for students and improving facilities to provide better opportunities for learning and research.