The 14th edition of birt cup could be the best yet!
Founded in 2008 by BU hockey alum Scott Hlady, the BIRT Cup benefits local charity initiatives and various sports-related projects throughout Westman. Hlady handed over the reins to the Brandon University Bobcats under the banner of Brandon University Athletics just over 3 years ago. The marketing team for the Bobcats is proud to be organizing the event for a fourth straight summer, and their hard work is already paying off.
They’re looking to build on last year’s efforts which was a delightful surprise considering the health regulations everyone was faced with according to Tyler Crayston, Tournament Committee member and Events Coordinator at Brandon University, We raised a record $47,000 last summer, despite the pandemic. This was a proud accomplishment for our committee and athletics program. We had tremendous support from the community.”
This year the list of beneficiaries is lengthy and includes Baldur Day Care, Glenboro Minor Sports Association, Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, Ashley Neufeld Softball Complex, Neepawa’s Manitoba Junior Hockey League team, and minor hockey association, Westman Wildcats U18 AAA female midget hockey club, and the Bobcat student-athlete scholarship fund.
The 14th edition of this fantastic event will be held on Friday, July 9th at Wheat City Golf Course. Each year they’ve had upwards of 40 or more foursomes take part but this year is already sold out and shaping up to be the best year the event, The 2021 event is expected to be our biggest yet as far as golfers are concerned. We currently have 52 teams registered and we are splitting those groups up evenly into a morning and afternoon shotgun start. This is a tentative plan,” said Crayston.
Along with the golfing participants usually enjoy a banquet-style dinner afterward that is all up in the air still based on current COVID restrictions, “We were still able to hold the event despite the pandemic. We did 10-minute tee times to keep people safely separated. We normally have a post-round supper at the Healthy Living Centre, but we could not hold that in 2020 due to COVID-19. We will have to wait and see how things go over the next few months before we cement our plans in regards to that,” Crayston said.
Crayston and his compadres at the BU Sports Marketing Department stick to the game plan established by the creators of the event, “When Scott Hlady and Dwayne Gylywoychuk ran the event independently, the heart and soul behind the BIRT Cup was giving back to the community. We’re proud to carry on that tradition. Since the Bobcats took over the BIRT Cup, our committee has raised over $110,000 for local causes,” said Crayston. This year they hope to raise the bar to yet another level, “We’d love to raise $50,000. The momentum we have gained has been incredible. IG Wealth Management has been the title sponsor for a long time and Tim Rowan and Dennis Hunt really believe in the vision of the tournament.”
Some Super Prizes Have Already Been Lined Up!
Those who will be taking part in the event this year will have some great prizes to try and win, “We already have some great prizes donated including a signed Andrew Harris Winnipeg Blue Bombers jersey that the CFL sponsored for us. Plus, the NBA just sent a signed Andrew Wiggins basketball (pictured above). The Green Bay Packers are even onboard and they sent a football that we have nicely framed as well (pictured below). We will use these items in our raffle and silent auction,” Crayston said.
Although the event itself is sold out, sponsors can still jump on board, “We still have some room for hole sponsors or prize donations. If you, your business, or organization would like to help out the best way to track me down would be to email: firstname.lastname@example.org said Crayston.