Sporting spirit and goodwill come together in a unique partnership between Collège Boréal, SW Sports & Entertainment, the Sudbury Wolves hockey team and the Sudbury Five basketball team, as they join forces in a show of community solidarity.
Through the Companion program, volunteer students from Collège Boréal’s Health Sciences program will help seniors and persons with disabilities to attend Wolves and Five matches throughout the 2019-2020 season. The Companion program encourages those who might feel hesitant to go out and see a game by providing them with personal support so that they can enjoy their outing in optimal conditions. The student companions gain an opportunity to put their theoretical training into practice and add a volunteer experience to their résumé. The Sudbury Arena has allocated 200 adapted seats to the Companion program and a separate entrance off Minto Street provides safe access to the venue.
Ticket sales benefit the Boréal Foundation
This partnership between Collège Boréal and Sudbury’s two sports teams not only promotes personal support services, but also access to education. Thanks to a special rate for tickets reserved using a Boréal promo code, a portion of the ticket price is directed to the Boréal Foundation, which provides bursaries to help students pay for their studies.
“This is a win-win partnership,” says Kim Morris, dean of Collège Boréal’s School of Health Sciences. “With the help of our student companions, more people will be able to go see Wolves and Five games. With the revenue from the ticket sales, we will be able to help more students pay for their education. It’s a virtuous circle that benefits the entire community.”
Collaborating with local sports teams is a natural fit for Collège Boréal, given that the college also offers a Fitness and Health Promotion program and has been providing its gymnasium to the Five for training purposes since October 2019.
“I’m never shy to say that I am a huge sports fan and I love to support our local teams, so our partnership with the Wolves and the Five is a point of pride for me both personally and as president of Collège Boréal. It’s a great show of community spirit as well.”
— Daniel Giroux, president of Collège Boréal
“We are very excited to be able to grow our partnership with Collège Boréal this season. The support they have given both our teams has been outstanding. From supporting the Five with gym time and helping them develop grassroots basketball with the camps and academies, to assisting our older adult fans at both Wolves and Five games, their support has been second to none. We have enjoyed working with Collège Boréal, and from marketing the partnership, to sharing the load of what a true partnership is, it has been wonderful. We are looking forward to growing and building our partnership with the college in the future.”
— Dario Zulich, SW Sports and Entertainment Owner
About Collège Boréal
Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French language post-secondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of communities throughout Ontario.
Collège Boréal offers comprehensive programs and services in 7 campuses and 38 access centres in 26 communities throughout the province. Since 1995, approximately 120,000 clients across Ontario have benefited from Collège Boréal’s expertise relating to post-secondary education, training programs, immigration and settlement services, and employment services. Collège Boréal has established over 120 articulation agreements with other post-secondary institutions.
According to the Key Performance Indicators recognized by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Collège Boréal ranks first in Ontario for two of the five indicators: graduation rate and, for the fourth consecutive year, student satisfaction. These results show that Boreal’s strengths lie in its investment in human capital.
To learn more about our programs and services, visit our website at www.collegeboreal.ca, Facebook page or Twitter account.
SWSE is the organizational structure of the company including the Sudbury Wolves Hockey Club (OHL), the Food & Beverage organization that serves events at the arena and the promotion company that seeks to attract live shows and events. In the spring of 2017, SWSE welcomed the Sudbury Spartans Football Club to the family and most recently, in May of 2018, the Sudbury Five Basketball team (NBLC). The Sudbury Wolves and Sudbury Five play out of the Sudbury Community Arena between the months of September and April. For more information, visit sudburywolves.com or thefive.ca.