Tommy Europe Announced as KidSport Community Champion

VANCOUVER, BC (February 11, 2014) — Sport BC, in conjunction with KidSport BC, is pleased to announce that Tommy Europe has been selected as the recipient of the KidSport Community Champion Award, sponsored by Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers.

The 48th annual Athlete of the Year Awards Ceremony and Gala dinner is set for March 5th, 2014 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. This event recognizes BC’s best amateur athletes, coaches, and officials for outstanding performances in sport over the 2013 season. The KidSport Community Champion Award is presented to an individual who has made a significant and meaningful contribution to KidSport over the past year.
“In the last four years, Tommy has been a selfless and generous supporter of KidSport. His contributions have included filming public service announcements, the donation of boot camps to KidSport auctions, speaking appearances and participation at KidSport golf tournaments and corporate events. Tommy always says yes to helping KidSport whenever he is asked and has become our “go to” Team KidSport ambassador!”, said KidSport BC Director Pete Quevillon.

Tommy had an 11-year CFL career and was a two time CFL all star. He won a Grey Cup in 1994 with the BC Lions and was inducted into the of the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. Tommy has become a bestselling author, a television host, a sought after keynote speaker and a celebrated expert in the field of health and wellness. Tommy recently has developed a comprehensive corporate wellness program that is fast becoming the benchmark for Canadian businesses.

Tommy’s passion for fitness and health extends to his love of KidSport and his belief that every child should have the chance to play. His love of sport is infectious and has become a much anticipated part of the annual Ritchie Bros. Corporate KidSport Challenge. His promotional video for the event is legendary and his active participation in the event has helped to raise over $500,000 for KidSport in the event’s four year lifespan.

About the KidSport Community Champion Award

Previous winners of this award, which recognizes significant and meaningful contributions to KidSport, include BC Lions placekicker Paul McCallum and Olympic skier Mike Janyk.

About KidSport

Started by Sport BC in 1993, KidSport is now a national charitable cause with chapters in 11 provinces and territories. Annually, KidSport BC assists over 5,700 kids with over $1.2 million in grants in 48 different sports.

About Ritchie Bros

Ritchie Bros. is the world’s largest industrial auction house with over 1400 employees worldwide with over $3.8 billion of equipment sold at auction. Started in BC in 1958, Ritchie Bros. now has 40 auction sites around the world.

About the Athlete of the Year Awards

The Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards is the longest standing sport recognition event in Canada. Awards in 18 different categories are given each year to athletes, coaches, and officials for their performance and contribution to sport in our province. The awards play a valuable role in nurturing athletic success and recognizing some of BC’s growing talents. This year’s event, hosted by CBC’s Scott Russell, is expected to sell out so don’t be disappointed and order your tickets today.

For Information on the KidSport Community Champion Award please contact: Pete Quevillon – Director, KidSport BC

For information on the 48th Annual Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards please contact: Shelley Johnson – Event Manager, Athlete of the Year Awards