Olympic swimmer Brett Hayden to speak at UFV fundraiser.

Olympian Brent Hayden to speak at UFV fundraiser

Mission swimmer to share his story of perseverance and reaching the Olympic podium.

  • Fri Dec 30th, 2016 10:00am
  • Sports

Mission’s Olympic medalist Brent Hayden speak at a University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)  fundraiser in the new year.

The public is invited to participate in the success of UFV’s student-athletes by attending the Cascades Scholarship Breakfast presented by Envision Financial.

The fundraising event will be held Feb. 22 in the Great Hall of the Student Union Building on the UFV Abbotsford campus, beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Hayden, an Olympic medal-winning swimmer, will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are $100 each, and can be purchased online at ufv.ca/cascades-breakfast. Net proceeds from the event will go towards scholarships for UFV student-athletes, and funds can be directed to a specific Cascades team via the online ticket portal.

Financial support allows student-athletes to focus on achieving excellence in their athletic and academic pursuits, and the ability to offer competitive scholarships allows UFV to keep more elite local athletes at home.

“We really believe in student financial aid as a key to recruiting the best athletes from the Fraser Valley,” said Steve Tuckwood, UFV director of athletics and campus recreation.

“The Cascades reflect UFV’s local mandate – 92 per cent of our student-athletes are from B.C., and 87 per cent of those are from the Fraser Valley. We want to expand our ability to provide first-class educational and athletic opportunities.”

Tuckwood said that Hayden “has a great story to tell – one of perseverance and ultimately reaching the Olympic podium. He’s a proud Fraser Valley product, and a former U Sports varsity athlete. We’re pleased to have him be part of our event.”

For more information on the event, contact Steve.Tuckwood@ufv.ca.