Athletics and Recreation Vancouver

Thunderbird student athletes have long been a source of pride for the University of British Columbia, combining unmatched academic and athletic excellence to produce some our community’s finest citizens. UBC has now won 90 championships in CIS competition, the most of any school in Canada, thanks in part to your support of the Thunderbird programs.

Success in the classroom and in competition requires the support of the entire UBC community. In 2013, UBC had 138 Academic All-Canadians – those student-athletes who achieved more than an 80% average in a full course load while being a member of varsity team – one of the highest number of Academic All-Canadians in the country.

Projects and Success Stories:

  • Special Appeals

    UBC Rugby “Return to Excellence Campaign”

    UBC Rugby “Return to Excellence Campaign”

    The “UBC Rugby Return to Excellence Campaign” is a long-term strategy aiming to achieve and sustain the standards of excellence for which UBC rugby is historically known. more

    Community Engagement

  • Priority Project

    UBC Athletics ‘Bird Backer

    UBC Athletics ‘Bird Backer

    The ‘Bird Backer program is an avenue for alumni, friends, family and the greater community to be part of our Thunderbird team. more

    Student Learning

  • Special Appeals

    6th Woman UBC Women’s Basketball

    6th Woman UBC Women’s Basketball

    The UBC Women’s Basketball program is one of the most storied and successful programs in Canada. The 6th Woman UBC Women’s Basketball Monthly Giving Club is an avenue for alumni, more

    Community Engagement

  • Priority Project

    Peter Mullins Memorial

    Peter Mullins Memorial

    This award honours Peter Mullins, UBC’s longest serving basketball coach. His teams won seven Canada West championships and two Canadian championships – in 1970 and 1972. more

    Student Learning

  • Priority Project

    Frank Gnup Memorial Football Award

    Frank Gnup Memorial Football Award

    In 2009 members of the 1959 Thunderbird football team hosted a 50th anniversary reunion at the Homecoming football game in Thunderbird Stadium. The event was a great success reconnecting friends more

    Student Learning