Spon­sors show sup­port for 2019 West­ern Canada Sum­mer Games

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Swift Current - BY MATTHEW LIEBEN­BERG— mlieben­[email protected]­t.com

The host com­mit­tee for the 2019 West­ern Canada Sum­mer Games in Swift Cur­rent has re­ceived spon­sor­ship sup­port from four busi­nesses with op­er­a­tions in south­west Saskatchew­an.

The cheque pre­sen­ta­tions to Friends of the Games Di­rec­tor Scott Cas­sidy took place in Swift Cur­rent, June 20.

SaskEn­ergy made a do­na­tion of $20,000 and the Crown cor­po­ra­tion will also pro­vide over $15,000 of in-kind sup­port to the games. Cres­cent Point En­ergy, Stark & Marsh and White­cap Re­sources each made a do­na­tion of $15,000 to the games.

Mike Ros­siter, the south­west area gen­eral man­ager for SaskEn­ergy, said the com­pany is proud to be a part of the games.

“We like to be in­volved in a lot of the com­mu­nity events,” he men­tioned. “A lot of our staff work here and they have kids here. It’s a great com­mu­nity and we’re proud to be a part of it.”

Ac­cord­ing to Stark & Marsh Di­rec­tor of Op­er­a­tions Darcy Cong­don it was an easy de­ci­sion for the com­pany to be­come a games spon­sor.

“It’s an­other event that adds to Swift Cur­rent’s legacy,” he said. “We’ve had the two dif­fer­ent world curl­ing events, just the dif­fer­ent things that hap­pen in our com­mu­nity, and to be able to host these 2019 Sum­mer Games is pretty ex­cit­ing.”

The spon­sor­ship fits in with the com­pany's goal to be a com­mu­nity stake­holder in south­west Saskatchew­an.

“Our tag is Homegrown Suc­cess,” he said. “So the suc­cesses that our com­mu­nity feels, our re­gion feels, which is re­ally who’s go­ing to be im­pacted with these games, just re­flects on our mis­sion as an or­ga­ni­za­tion to see things be suc­cess­ful and to grow.”

Cas­sidy is tasked with fundrais­ing and spon­sor­ship in his role as Friends of the Games di­rec­tor.

“We’ve been at it for about a year now, talk­ing to na­tional and re­gional and pro­vin­cial and now lo­cal part­ners on some in­ter­est in the games and sup­port­ing it fi­nan­cially and other ways, like value-in-kind and things like that,” he said.

There has been a pos­i­tive re­sponse from or­ga­ni­za­tions that have been ap­proached about fi­nan­cial sup­port and spon­sor­ship.

“Ev­ery­one we’re talk­ing to is say­ing ‘We want to be in­volved, we're just not sure at what level yet,'” he said. “I think it’s just a unique op­por­tu­nity for Swift Cur­rent here to par­tic­i­pate in games such as this.”

He noted that spon­sor­ship sup­port will be cru­cial to en­sure the suc­cess of the 2019 West­ern Canada Sum­mer Games.

“Ob­vi­ously it takes money to make the world go round and this in­vest­ment that they’re mak­ing in the com­mu­nity, in the youth, re­ally helps these ath­letes and coaches and ref­er­ees spring­board to the next level,” he said. “These 16 sports are ones that are smaller in na­ture, some­thing like kayak­ing or ten­nis or things like that, but this is their spot, this is their sort of peak. ... When we talk to busi­nesses about that and then be­ing in­volved with that they re­ally seem to rally around those points and get in­volved.”

The money do­nated by the four busi­nesses will be used di­rectly to fund the games, whether it will be ex­penses re­lated to the fa­cil­i­ties for the dif­fer­ent sports or to feed ath­letes dur­ing the games.

There are dif­fer­ent ways to get in­volved with the games. Spon­sor­ship pack­ages are avail­able, an­other op­tion will be in-kind sup­port, and there will be a need for vol­un­teers.

“Every lit­tle thing mat­ters to us,” he said. “We ap­pre­ci­ate any sup­port we can get. We’re open to talk to any­body in the com­mu­nity about ways they can part­ner with us.”

The 2019 West­ern Canada Sum­mer Games will take place at venues in Swift Cur­rent and sur­round­ing area from Aug. 9-18.

Over 1,700 ath­letes, coaches, of­fi­cials and mis­sion staff from Al­berta, Man­i­toba, North­west Ter­ri­to­ries, Nu­navut, Saskatchew­an, and Yukon will at­tend the event. Ath­letes be­tween the ages of 13 and 20 will com­pete in 16 dif­fer­ent sports.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the 2019 West­ern Canada Sum­mer Games, visit the web­site http://2019wcsg.ca

Photo by Matthew Lieben­berg

Spon­sors made cheque pre­sen­ta­tions to the 2019 West­ern Canada Sum­mer Games host com­mit­tee, June 20. From left to right, SaskEn­ergy Gen­eral Man­ager South­west Area Mike Ros­siter, Stark & Marsh Di­rec­tor of Op­er­a­tions Darcy Cong­don, Friends of the Games...

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