Campus Life

Telus gift boosts Horns hockey

It may be the off-season for the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns men's and women's hockey programs but they still managed to score big on Wednesday.

Telus announced that it is contributing $350,000 in support of Horns hockey, the result of Telus donating $100 to the program on behalf of every new TV customer in the community for the last year. The gift will support the expansion of the Nicholas Sheran Leisure Centre, providing the Pronghorns women's hockey program a much-needed team room while enhancing the training facilities for both university and local minor hockey groups.

"The unique support Telus provided to the U of L has many long-term benefits, and we want to thank Telus for helping us bring those benefits for both the community and the University," says U of L President Dr. Mike Mahon.

Sandy Slavin, the U of L's Executive Director, Sport and Recreation Services says that Horns hockey programs play an important role in the region's rich tradition of hockey.

"Not only do our programs showcase top intervarsity hockey talent, they bring people together and build pride and spirit for Lethbridge."

Telus launched its community TV fundraising campaign in Lethbridge in March of 2010, earmarking $100 for the Pronghorns hockey program on behalf of every new customer who signed up for Telus Optik TV and Telus Satellite TV in Lethbridge.

"From the tykes hitting the ice for the first time to the big league, hockey is woven into the very fabric of our culture," says Fred Weinheimer, Telus general manager of Customer Solutions Delivery for Alberta South. "This campaign combined the community's love for hockey with their insatiable appetite for new technology, especially with Telus Optik TV, and was a wonderful way to show Telus and its customers' support and ongoing commitment to the Lethbridge community."

Since 2000, Telus and its team members have committed more than $475,000 and 27,000 volunteer hours to charitable and community organizations in Lethbridge, including Lethbridge Scientists in School and the Lethbridge and District Humane Society.