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Telus extends commitment to B.C. high school basketball until 2016


Telus has extended their commitment to high school basketball for another three years.

“What we do is give where we live,” said Steve Podborski, the national director of community sports for Telus.

“We look around our communities and see where can we make a difference.”

Telus will provide $225,000 to support youth basketball programs and scholarships in B.C. through March 2016.

The additional three-year agreement secures sponsorship funding for all tiers of B.C. high school girls and boys basketball, making Telus the presenting sponsor for the B.C. High School Boys Basketball Association and the B.C. Secondary School Girls Basketball Association provincial championships as well as the title sponsor for both the boys and girls junior provincial championships.

Telus will also fund 30 scholarships for graduating high school players who have demonstrated outstanding citizenship, leadership and academic performance.

The announcement was made on March 13, the second day of the B.C. boys AAA high school championships at the Langley Events Centre.

Starting in 2014, all four provincial championships will be contested at the LEC.

“We recognize the vital role that sports play in the well-being of youth,” Podborksi said.

Approximately 21,500 high school students around the province play basketball.

“Telus’ incredible contributions to our community, and in turn, the generation of the future are invaluable to the student-athletes who are fortunate enough to participate in high school basketball in our province,” said BCSSGBA president Brett Westcott.

“The Telus sponsorship, and in particular, the scholarships, provides so many opportunities for our student-athletes to pursue a post-secondary education while continuing to play basketball,” added BCHSBBA president Kerry Taylor.

Since 2006, Telus has contributed $750,000 in support of B.C. high school basketball tournaments and scholarships for exceptional student-athletes from across the province.

Source: The Langley Times

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