The games, which began in 1972, provide an important and exciting competitive environment for Saskatchewan athletes. Many former athletes have gone on to represent Saskatchewan at the Western Canada and Canada Games, on the Canadian national stage, and beyond.
"It is a huge accomplishment for LakeLand College to host what is now Saskatchewan's largest amateur multi-sport event," said Wendy Plandowski, Chair, 2008 Saskatchewan Games. "As an academic institution, we are incredibly thankful to all of our corporate sponsors, but without this gift-in-kind from Xerox we would not be able to manage the processing of information that is so vital for athletes at this stage in their athletic careers."
Xerox has donated $60,000 worth of printing equipment and software to the games, which will enable volunteers to easily manage and distribute all information necessary for athlete accreditation, media and internal communications and athlete profiles and statistics.
As a member of the newly formed IORG (Information Overload Research Group), Xerox Canada will assist volunteers in ways to maximize productivity while sorting through thousands of printed pages and statistics over the course of the week-long event.
"Promoting excellence in amateur sport is something Xerox strongly believes in," said Kevin Warren, president and CEO, Xerox Canada. "Sponsoring the Saskatchewan Games is just one example of a partnership that builds community, while investing in the future of our country's most promising athletes."
More than 2,000 athletes are expected to complete at the Saskatchewan Games, which take place from August 3 - 9, 2008, in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan.
About the Games
In existence since 1972, the Saskatchewan Games Program is a developmental tool used by Provincial Sport Governing Bodies (PSGBs) which aids in the comprehensive growth and development of athletes, coaches, officials and all participants in sport. Zone teams are selected by the Provincial Sport Governing Bodies and managed by the Zone Sport Councils. The purpose of the games is to provide an opportunity for Saskatchewan's developing athletes, coaches and officials to participate in a multi sport event in preparation for a higher level of competition.
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