Golfers playing at the Drive for Thrive golf tournament

Drive for Thrive Golf Tournament

THANK YOU to everyone who made our 7th Drive for Thrive Golf Tournament a huge success. This year's event raised nearly $50,000 that will go directly to our cancer and exercise programs.

More information about the tournament

The University of Calgary’s Health and Wellness Lab hosted the 7th annual Drive for Thrive Golf Tournament, held at Silver Springs Golf & Country Club on May 30th, 2022.

The day was a memorable one with plenty of fun, good food and beverages, and great golf (and a few other games on the course!). Thank you to those who joined to celebrate the Thrive Centre successes and impacts to date.

What is the Thrive Centre?

The Thrive Centre is a fitness facility that was created to empower and improve the quality of life for people affected by cancer. It is free for cancer patients to use, on and off treatment as well as their support people. Many research studies and programs are held at the Thrive Centre with the help of volunteers, practicum students, graduate students and exercise physiologists. The gym is monitored by exercise specialists and volunteers who have specific cancer and exercise training.

Impact of the tournament

How do your donations help?

Since our inaugural tournament in 2015, we have raised over $100,000 to support the Thrive Centre, train over 700 graduate and undergraduate student volunteers, purchase new exercise equipment for our gym space, and expand our programs to community locations across Calgary and Canada. This has resulted in more than 2500 cancer survivors going through our programing since 2011 and exercising combined over 12,000 hours together. None of this would have been possible without the support and unwavering commitment of our community sponsors, donors, and volunteers.

All funds raised at this event will support our exercise oncology programs as we implement sustainable community-based programs in Calgary, Alberta, and across Canada. Support will ensure we can hire the best exercise professionals required to expand our programs and reach more cancer survivors.

Our exercise oncology programs, including ACE (Alberta Cancer Exercise), EXCEL. (EXercise for Cancer to Enhance Living Well), and tailored programs for brain tumour patients and head and neck cancer are critical supportive cancer care resources. We are committed to working with our health care system to ensure sustainable implementation – so that all individuals living with cancer can access exercise as a wellness resource.

Become a Sponsor

If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor for next year's tournament, please check out our sponsorship package and contact Nicole Culos-Reed at nculosre@ucalgary.ca for any questions or concerns. Sponsorships range from Bronze ($1,250) to Platinum ($5,000) and include corporate logo signage, complimentary registration for golfers, and many more unique opportunities to promote your business.

Participants in the Thrive Centre along with the instructor

Program participants in the Thrive Centre with their instructor

Nicole Culos-Reed, PhD, with program participant

Nicole Culos-Reed, PhD, with program participant in the Thrive Centre

Participants exercising with their instructor in the Thrive Centre

Participants exercising with their instructor in the Thrive Centre

For any questions about the tournament, please contact Max Eisele at maximilian.eisele@ucalgary.ca.

Summary of last years Drive for Thrive

Last year's 6th Drive for Thrive Golf Tournament was a huge success thanks to all of our amazing sponsors, donors, and participants! We would like to especially recognize our sponsors including Peloton (Signature Sponsor), Celei's/Rooftop, ATB Financial, Kinsted Wealth, Star Building Materials, Desjardins, Silver Springs Golf course, and Fraserland Organics!

Please take a brief moment to listen to our Thrivers talk about the impact of your contributions: