The 2013-2014 UNB women's basketball program held their 8th annual "Breakfast for Success" earlier today to a sell-out crowd at the Fredericton Inn. The annual fundraiser, featuring guest speaker Betty Dermer-Norris, is more than just about the dollars that go to supporting scholarships and enhancing the women's basketball program.
"It's about connecting with the Fredericton community and seeing this room filled with supporters of our program. It is also about seeing the young girls from the many local teams that are here today and their relationship with our team. It is really fun to celebrate the success they had this past season as well." said head coach Jeff Speedy.
"It's not often you see this kind of support for women's sports anywhere in the country and to see everyone here today supporting UNB women's basketball is pretty special," continued Speedy.
Dermer-Norris, a graduate of UNB with a Bachelor of Physical Education, treated the audience to an insight into the world of Olympic class athletes and management from her experience as a Multi-Sport Games Specialist whose International experience includes 10 Olympic Games and six Pan American Games. She has also worked extensively with the Canada Games and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Medal for her involvement with Canada's largest multi-sport competition for young athletes.
This year's event, organized by a very energetic committee of UNB Basketball supporters and the Speedy family, raised over $10,000 towards the Varsity Reds women's basketball program.