Page 15 - SIGA Annual Report 2014

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The Saskatchewan 2013 First Nation Summer Games
were hosted by the Muskoday First Nation. The Games
were held from July 15-19, 2013. The Saskatchewan
First Nations Summer Games played host to 3,500 youth
First Nation athletes, some of the best young athletes
in Saskatchewan aged 8-17 years. In addition, 1,500
coaches, managers and chaperons, 400 volunteers,
50 officials and approximately 4,500 proud parents
and spectators attended and supported these bi-annual
Summer Games.
Athletes from Saskatchewan’s ten tribal councils
and independent First Nation communities gathered
in the name of sportsmanship and community
well-being. Friendships were forged in the name
of spirited competition and displays of athleticism.
The athletes gathered to compete in various sporting
events including softball, track, soccer, kayaking,
archery, canoeing, and athletics.
With our focus on youth, SIGA’s sponsorship of these
games enable First Nation youth to gain access to
athletic competition and experience the long lasting
benefits of camaraderie, teamwork, a sense of
pride, and relationships that will last a lifetime. The
Saskatchewan First Nations Summer Games has a
unique legacy to our First Nation communities which
provide a showcase of athletic, cultural and artistic skill
of our youth. The Games helped develop and foster
athlete’s self-confidence, self-esteem, cultural pride
and social skills. SIGA has been a supporter of the First
Nations Summer Games since SIGA opened its doors
in 1996.
During May 17-26, 2013, SIGA sponsored the Memorial
Cup that took place in Saskatoon. The 2013 MasterCard
Memorial Cup saw ten exciting days of the highest
level of junior hockey skill, with the world’s up and
coming athletes. The MasterCard Memorial Cup was
embraced like never before, in front of Saskatchewan’s
passionate hockey fans. An estimated 90,000 fans
watched live at Credit Union Centre, with all games
also televised live on Rogers Sportsnet.
In addition to a great hockey event, the MasterCard
Memorial Cup also tells the story of Canada’s military
involvement since 1919, with the championship being
played in dedication to the Canadian soldiers who did
not return from war. SIGA was proud to sponsor, as
well, as volunteer at this event that introduced a new
generation of young hockey fans to this proud legacy.