The importance of athletics to a university education was the focus and inspiration in establishing the BLG Awards. In the business world, we realize how similar the challenges in business are to the challenges in sport, and that a university education is enhanced when combined with athletics.
About the Awards
Success in business is more readily achieved when an individual is a team player, has faced competition, and developed passion and an ability to effectively communicate. In the early 1990s, when Canadian universities were facing financial cutbacks and athletic programs seemed the first to be cut, it was hoped that by introducing the BLG Awards, we could assist in focusing attention on the importance of athletics at Canadian universities and at the same time, showcase the great student athletes we produce in Canada.
Since 1993, BLG has hosted the BLG Awards to honour the top university athletes in the country and promote post-graduate studies at Canadian universities. The BLG Awards are held in partnership with U SPORTS — the national organization governing interuniversity sport in and for Canada. Each of the 56 U Sports universities select a male and female athlete from which one male and one female nominee are chosen to represent Atlantic Canada, Canada West, Ontario and Québec. These eight nominees are then considered for the U SPORTS Male and Female Athletes on the Year based on their athletic accomplishment, outstanding sportsmanship and demonstrated leadership. Winners are selected by the Canadian Athletic Foundation, a non-profit board established to administer the Awards and protect the integrity of the selection process.
The two BLG Awards winners each receive a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship to attend a Canadian graduate university and a trophy.
We continue to monitor the progress of past BLG Awards winners and are pleased to see their continued success in their professional and personal lives.