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Okanagan College Coyotes host inaugural breakfast fundraiser

Okanagan College Media Release

Hockey fans and supporters of Okanagan College’s intercollegiate baseball and hockey teams will have the opportunity to have breakfast with NHL Hall of Fame hockey player Glenn Anderson, all while supporting Okanagan College athletic programs.

The inaugural Coyotes Athletics Fundraising Breakfast will be held on Thursday, Oct. 28 from 7-9 a.m. at the Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna. The event will give members of the community and fans of the teams the opportunity to meet some of the players, coaches and find out more about the Coyotes Athletics program, while raising funds to support the fledgling teams.

The keynote speaker at the event will be hockey legend Glenn Anderson. Anderson was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008, represented Team Canada at the 1980 Olympics and is best known for his years with the Edmonton Oilers – where he won five Stanley Cups. He also played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues.

“Our athletics program is developing at a strong pace and we have attracted some first-class athletes to these teams,” said Russ Winslade, Director of Student Services at Okanagan College. “The fundraising breakfast will give people a chance to get to know more about the teams, the players and listen to one of Canada’s great hockey players.”

Okanagan College partnered with the Okanagan Baseball Society in the summer of 2008 to bring intercollegiate athletics to the College. The partnership formed the Okanagan College Baseball team, now Coyotes Baseball team, which plays in the Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC).

One year later, on the heels of the successful baseball partnership, a group of Okanagan College business students formed the Okanagan College Hockey team, which competes in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL).

The College launched a new name and logo for its teams this year and now competes under the brand of the Okanagan College Coyotes. Both teams are responsible for covering their own operating costs and have received strong community support in the form of sponsorships. Proceeds from the breakfast fundraiser will go toward covering costs for the teams and their players in the 2010-11 season.

Tickets to the Coyotes Fundraising Breakfast are available at a cost of $100 per person or $750 for a table of eight. Contact Mike Craig at 762-5445 ext. 4754 to reserve your tickets.

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