With the slogan “Aim for a cause, shoot for a cure,” the Tri-Colour Classic is back this October.
Inspired by the Cure Cancer Classic, the Tri-Colour Classic was founded one year ago. The Tri-Colour Classic is a not-for-profit game where all proceeds are donated to the Canadian Cancer Society in hopes of fighting childhood cancer. The game draws on the Engineering and Commerce rivalry.
This year’s game will be played at the Leon’s Centre on Oct. 19. With tickets already selling fast, the game is expected to sell out all 5,000 seats.
A press conference was held Sept. 27 in Goodes Hall with coaches and players from both Engineering and Commerce faculties in attendance, along with Wanda Costen, the dean of the Smith School of Business, and Amir Fam, the vice-dean of Engineering and Applied Science.
“I guarantee you that there’s no one here who hasn’t been touched by cancer, and unfortunately in a negative way,” Costen said at the press conference. “Knowing our students are committed to addressing this issue and support the endeavours that we have at Queen’s, there’s no greater joy for a dean.”
By using a rivalry to make a push for the greater good of society, the event managed to raise over $50,000 last year.
“It’s really not a basketball game,” Fam said. “It’s a symbol for unity, our spirit, and our supporting for a crucial and noble cause.”
Many players from either side of the court shared similar feelings. Players expressed how proud they were to compete in the game and participate in the fight against cancer.
Despite the positive impact this game will have, the rivalry between the two faculties isn’t forgotten.
“I think we are a much more athletic and faster team [than last year],” Engineering Head Coach, Stanley Choo, said at the press conference. “I think we’re going to win pretty easily.”
Tickets can be purchased on Ticketmaster or in the ARC, the Integrated Learning Centre (ILC), or Goodes Hall from noon to 3 p.m. on weekdays.
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