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School of Sports Administration Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Over 300 alumni participated in four days of events.

(October 17, 2022) - The School of Sports Administration (SPAD) has a lot to be proud of today as over 300 alumni and students came together for a full weekend of events during the SPAD 50th Anniversary, raising over $50,000 in donations to support students. 

Events were headlined by a Fundraising Gala at the Liberty Grand in Toronto, which attracted graduates from all 50 years of the program’s history. From CEOs of major corporations to current and former General Managers of professional sports teams, graduates were eager to reconnect with former classmates and professors. 

“It was such a memorable event to be able to see conversations between people who haven’t seen each other in 25 or 30 years. To see graduates  giving back to SPAD and to Sudbury demonstrates their passion and engagement,” said Jeff Bangs, Chair of Laurentian University’s Board of Governors.

“Our committee members deserve all the credit for the success of this event. We’re proud to have brought people together and to have supported students at the same time,” said 50th Anniversary Event Chair and SPAD Alumni Advisory board member Diane Mihalek. 

50th Anniversary events began in Toronto and extended into Sudbury throughout the weekend, where graduates spent time volunteering at the Elgin Street Mission, leading a hockey equipment drive and making new connections at the many social events. 

“It was great to be able to see so many people I spent time with at Laurentian, and people I’ve since met in the sports industry that are SPAD grads. We’re everywhere and that’s a credit to the long history of passionate alumni and dedicated faculty members,” said Laurentian University Honorary Degree recipient and SPAD Advisory board member, Dr. Ken Derrett. 

The School of Sports Administration dates back to 1972 and boasts over 1,300 alumni, many of whom are active donors and regularly contribute to the advancement of the SPAD program. The school will welcome another 70 students into their ranks in September 2023 and prospective students are encouraged to learn more about SPAD at Laurentian University’s Fall Open House on October 22, 2022.