This award honours the memory of Robert (Bob) F. Osborne, an esteemed coach, teacher and administrator at UBC who served as Director of the School of Physical Education and Recreation for three decades. Bob had a distinguished sports career; he was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 1967, was awarded the Order of Canada in 1981, and served a term as Vice-President of the Canadian Olympic Association’s Board of Directors from 1969-81. A talented basketball player who led the 1930/31 basketball team to UBC’s first national championship and member of the Olympic silver medal winning team in 1936, Bob was also a motivated coach and ardent supporter of sports at all levels.
As Director of Physical Education at UBC, he implemented the degree program in Physical Education and also developed a Bachelor of Recreational Education degree. He played an important role in the construction of the War Memorial Gymnasium at UBC and the Osborne Gymnasium is named in his honour.
Your gift to the Robert F. Osborne Memorial Award in Kinesiology will directly support undergraduate students in their third year of the Bachelor of Kinesiology who have exhibited excellence in academics, athletics, and service in sport and recreation. Endowed awards such as this provide students with the financial support and emotional encouragement they need to pursue their dreams regardless of their financial situation.
Since it was established, this award has disbursed more than $34,000 to eight deserving students.
Your generosity will help honour Bob’s exemplary contributions to the arena of sports and give others the chance to excel and make a difference.