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5th anniversary of the York Lions rebrand

In 2018 a new era for the Pride was born. The York Lions updated the original logo to a modernized and majestic lion. The new logo received a positive reception from students, staff, faculty and the local community. This month marks its 5th anniversary!



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Athletics & Recreation reflects with Rosemary Sadlier as she, and a panel of guests, honour the work done in getting Emancipation Day on August 1 recognized in Canada and celebrating Black Women in Leadership.

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In celebration of Black Women in Leadership, 3 out of the 4 panel experts who participated in the second annual Emancipation Day event were local Black female leaders.
Learn about Athletics & Recreation through the eyes of our new Executive Director

With new leadership in Athletics & Recreation, the team has been taking time to reflect and engage in collaborative discussions. Connecting with colleagues will holistically guide future planning initiatives going forward for the development of key priorities for the next two years.

Words from Steven Chuang
Recognizing National Indigenous History Month

In honour of National Indigenous History Month, Larissa Crawford, a restorative circle keeper and published Indigenous and anti-racist researcher, was highlighted by the Athletics & Recreation department.

In honour of National Indigenous History Month, York Lions Spotlight Larissa Crawford!
Larissa Crawford is a York Alumna! She's a published Indigenous, anti-racism and climate justice researcher, policy advisor, influencer and restorative circle keeper with over a decade of experience.
Pride Month: Discussing issues faced by the 2SLGBTQIA+ community

Staff and students shared what pride meant to them, as well as issues faced by the 2SLGBTQIA+ community during a Pride Month video.


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Athletics & Recreation embeds the principles of EDI into our strategies, plans and operational processes in a purposeful and intentional manner.
Learn about Athletics & Recreation through the eyes of our new Executive Director

Come along for a tour as Athletics & Recreation's new Executive Director, Steven Chuang, visits the Tait Mackenzie Centre and saw what changed after he had graduated as a York alumnus.

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Lions spotlights in celebration of Asian Heritage Month

Student-athletes and coaches of Asian descent were promoted by Athletics & Recreation in May. Students and coaches answered questions about Asian Heritage Month and what it means to them, which were published on the York Lions social media channels.

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York Lions are proud of the exceptional Asian student-athletes and coaches who are part of the varsity community.
Engaging in conversations about women leadership in sports

Athletics & Recreation hosted it’s fourth annual Women & Girls Leadership and Sport Conference in April. The conference featured a number of influential Canadian women in sport presentations under the theme, Aim High, Play Safe, with an emphasis on safety in sports.


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Attendees learned from the engaging key note speakers, Canadian gymnast Ellie Black and former Canadian Olympian and safe sport advocate, Allison Forsyth.
Athletics & Recreation hosts its annual award celebrations and banquets

York Lions returned in person to celebrate student athletes. The Intramural Banquet honoured internal York recreational athletes, while the Varsity Athletics Banquet highlighted significant athletic achievements from Lions teams.

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Attendees from the 57th Intramural Banquet and the 54th Varsity Athletics Banquet enjoyed returning back to in-person celebrations to highlight the achievements of the 2022-23 season.
Mark Tewksbury shares powerful keynote during Inclusion Week

Athletics and Recreation proudly hosted Olympic icon and champion, Mark Tewksbury. Tewksbury shared his experiences and reflections with coaches, students and staff with a focus on the role that community, allyship and language played in his journey of self-acceptance and success.

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Mark inspired students, staff and coaches during Inclusion week.
Black History celebrated & acknowledged in Athletics & Recreation

Initiatives included a student-led Black Excellence speaker series & BHM fashion line. Black student-athletes and coaches were profiled throughout the month & Winston Larose received a YU Lions lifetime achievement award.

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February was a vibrant month in A&R recognizing Black culture & contributions.
NorthStar Community Emancipation Day Celebration

Athletics & Recreation has partnered with the Jane and Finch community to host a NorthStar Community Emancipation Day Celebration on on July 31. This event will feature performances, keynote speakers, local vendors and a special basketball game.

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Recognizing high-achieving student-athletes

The Drew Green Lions Award recognizes student-athletes from the York Lions men's and women’s basketball teams. The award aims to ensure that talented, high-achieving student-athletes can realize their dream of a world class university education while competing as a York Lion.

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Travelling around the world through York2York

The 2nd annual York2York kicks off this June, as York U travels virtually around the world starting from our Keele Campus to our Schulich School of Business campus in India.

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Supporting education to tackle child poverty

York University Athletics & Recreation hosted the annual Start2Finish run, which aims to help to break the cycle of child poverty through educational support, and celebration at York Lions Stadium, with special guest Yeo! 

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Start2Finish is committed to promoting the health and wellness of children in Canada through literacy and fitness education.
Celebrating Pride month with Athletics & Recreation

Participate in this month’s events and sport the Lion's Pride Collection gear. 

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Lions Cup raises money for athletic scholarships

The 19th annual York University Lions Cup Golf Tournament raised $144,000 for athletic scholarships.

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raised for athletic scholarships at the 19th annual Lions Cup presented by TD Insurance.
Women and Girls Leadership and Sport Conference

The Women and Girls in Leadership and Sport Conference brings together coaches, athletes, sport administrators and allies from across the country to be educated, empowered, and supported through a series of sessions by guest speakers.

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The 3rd installment of the event was themed leadership communication: language, crucial conversations and using your voice.
Athletics & Recreation hosts 54th annual Varsity Awards Celebration

The Varsity Awards Celebration recognizes the athletic achievements of top student-athletes and teams. Some of the most prestigious awards are given to graduating student-athletes who have excelled athletically, academically and within the community. 

Varsity Award Winners
York University Athletics & Recreation celebrated the 54th Annual Varsity Awards for the 2021-22 season, recognizing the tremendous athletic achievements of our top student-athletes and teams.
Athletics & Recreation hosts its 56th annual Intramural Banquet

The Intramural Banquet acknowledges the winners of tournaments and events, in addition to celebrating students who participate in intramural sport. This year’s banquet was celebrated virtually in April and can be viewed on the @yorkuintramurals Instagram account.


Watch the 56th Annual Intramural Banquet on the @yorkuintramurals Instagram account and celebrate the students and student-staff involved with the intramural sport program at York.
Lions spotlights in celebration of Asian Heritage Month

York Lions are proud of the exceptional Asian student-athletes and coaches who are part of the varsity community and Asian Heritage Month is a chance to highlight their accomplishments and contributions. Throughout May, profiles of Lions will be shared weekly.

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Highlighting Black excellence and achievements

The Black Excellence & Grit Black & Indigenous Varsity Student-Athlete Alliance Speaker Series features outstanding Black members of the community presenting on topics highlighting Black excellence and achievement. Sessions are virtual, ongoing throughout the year and available to all. 


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The series is organized by the Black & Indigenous Varsity Student-Athlete Alliance, a space created by student-athletes, that is catered to the experiences of Black and Indigenous varsity students.
Emancipation Day Virtual Celebration

Canada Celebrates First-ever Emancipation Day with Virtual Celebration 

This year marked the First National Emancipation Day across Canada, as championed by Rosemary Sadlier. Over 25 years ago, Sadlier initiated the first of many commemorations of August 1st as Emancipation Day. 

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The Emancipation Day promotional videos were viewed over 3,000 times on the York Lions Instagram page, the Emancipation Day Canada webpage was visited over 1,300 times.
Athletics & Recreation Takes a Virtual Journey to York’s EcoCampus in Costa Rica

Hosted by the Fitness & Lifestyles Team, Athletics & Recreation invites students, staff and faculty to sign-up for a virtual journey to York’s Las Nubes EcoCampus in Costa Rica. Work together to travel the distance by walking, running, hiking, biking, blading, swimming, exercising, and more.

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Athletics & Recreation Honours Black History Month with Virtual Celebration

In partnership with local Jane & Finch community leaders and groups (Jane-Finch Concerned Citizens Organization, JFCCO), Athletics & Recreation produced a 3.5-hour virtual celebration called “Rooted & Resilient” with candid personal stories from homegrown Black Canadian trailblazers.

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Posts about the event generated 200,000 impressions via the York Lions Social Media community. The event website received 1,800 views, and the YouTube Live Stream received 650+ views.
Athletics & Recreation Forms Black & Indigenous Varsity Student-Athlete Alliance

Athletics & Recreation forms the Black and Indigenous Varsity Student-Athlete Alliance (BIVSAA) to gain an understanding of Black and Indigenous student-athlete experiences. Insights will help to identify issues, inform solutions, make progress, and foster meaningful growth within the Lions family.

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Athletics & Recreation Launches Black Excellence & Grit Speaker Series

Led by the Black and Indigenous Varsity Student-Athlete Alliance (BIVSAA), Athletics & Recreation Launches the Black Excellence & Grit Speaker Series. This series intentionally places a Black lens on conversations related to identity, social justice and professionalism.

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