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UNBC offers tuition credit to Canada Winter Games participants

UNBC northern sports centre
Athletes in five different events at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George will compete at the University of Northern B.C.'s Northern Sports complex. It will give them a chance to visit one of the more remarkable campuses in Canada.

To help celebrate 25th anniversary, UNBC offers $2,500 tuition credit

The University of Northern British Columbia wants participants in the 2015 Canada Winter Games to return to Prince George, and is offering a tuition credit to encourage them to attend the school

”We are thrilled to help announce the 2015 Canada Winter Games UNBC Tuition Credit for athletes and officials who attend the 2015 Canada Winter Games,” said Games chief executive Stuart Ballantyne in a recent news release. “UNBC is an exceptional educational facility — one of the top small universities in Canada. To see this as a legacy of the 2015 Games is something we're very proud to be a part of."

The tuition incentive, worth $2,500 over two semesters, can be applied to either undergraduate or graduate studies programs. The specific amount of the credit relates to the university’s 25th anniversary in 2015.

“We know that the athletes and their families will have a terrific experience at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, and we hope that this incentive will encourage them to come back to Northern B.C.,” said UNBC president Daniel Weeks in a press release. “Elite athletes must be able to balance their rigorous academics and training requirements. This program will help lessen their financial burden as they pursue their studies.”

The UNBC Timberwolves compete in men’s and women’s basketball and soccer in the Canada West Universities Athletic Associations, against teams including the UBC Thunderbirds, the University of Calgary Dinos, and the University of Manitoba Bisons.

Tofa Fakunle, an alumnus of the Canada Games, is the captain of UNBC’s men’s soccer team.

“The 2013 Canada Summer Games was one of the best experiences of my life and provided me with a great sense of community,” he said about UNBC. “Now as a student athlete at the University of Northern British Columbia, I feel that same appreciation and support.

"Professors, staff, and fellow students are all part of a support system that allows me to excel both athletically and academically.”

The 2015 Canada Winter Games run February 13th through March 1.