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Athletics and Recreation

[Queen's Gaels football game]

Queen’s Athletics and Recreation seeks to become the leading athletics and recreation program in Canada. The university has one of the largest post-secondary competitive and recreational sports programs in the country – significantly higher than any other Canadian institution of comparable enrollment.

Thousands of Queen’s students participate in athletic and recreation programs each day. Through various giving opportunities, donors can help us offer the services and support that student-athletes need to excel and be successful both in the classroom and on the field of play.

For example, through the Initiative Campaign, Queen’s will revitalize Richardson Stadium as one of the finest outdoor turf stadiums in the country; the largest such venue between Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto; and a regional hub for outdoor sport. Working closely with Queen’s alumni, we will unveil as early as 2016 a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose facility.

Athletics & Recreation Goal: $32,000,000

Highlighted Priorities

Fields & Stadium Project – $25,000,000

[Stadium Project]

Athletics and Recreation are key components of the broader learning environment at Queen’s. They promote personal health and wellness and instil lessons of leadership and collaboration.

Through the Initiative Campaign, we have already succeeded in supporting athletics and recreation through the construction of two new artificial turf fields on campus – the Nixon and West Campus fields. These two new athletics projects are in addition to the new Athletics and Recreation Centre and Tindall Field projects.

Our next priority has been the rebuilding and revitalization of Richardson Stadium. Queen’s Board of Trustees has approved the Stadium revitalization project, at a cost of $20.27 million. Fundraising continues to further enhance the project. The new Richardson Stadium will further promote personal health and wellness on our campus, support the pursuit of excellence of our student-athletes, enrich the Queen’s experience and provide an important venue for the Queen’s and Kingston communities.

Athletic Awards – $4,000,000

[Athletic Scholarships]

Queen’s Athletics & Recreation seeks to be the destination of choice for student-athletes who excel in both academics and athletics. The landscape for university sport is dynamic. Competition to recruit Canada’s best student-athletes is fierce and top-performing student-athletes are vital to top-performing teams. An athletic award helps Queen’s recruit the best and most promising student-athletes by providing students with a means to offset their direct costs of tuition, fees and other expenses. More athletic awards are needed to attract the best students and compete for podium placements. With your support, our athletes can focus on their pursuit of athletic and academic excellence.

Coaching Leadership – $3,000,000

[Coaching Leadership]

Coaches play a significant role in developing student-athletes, helping them to reach their full potential both on the field of play and in the classroom. Support for coaching leadership development transcends the field of play promoting wellness, leadership, discipline, goal setting, time management and working with peers toward common goals – qualities that impact and inspire academic and professional success.

Funds designated to support coaches will help us recruit the most talented coaches in a very competitive job market. They will help to retain existing coaches, which allows for consistency from season to season, and provides a dedicated advocate for the program articulating a strong and compelling vision for the long term success. An investment in coaching touches all aspects of a sport program. Perhaps the most significant impact is the ability to influence, shape and create a positive learning environment that accentuates the holistic development of our student-athletes. Leadership gifts will help create an endowment that provides a continuous and stable funding base for the future of coaching recruitment and retention.