There are two attitudes that surround Canadian University Sports, and its national governing body, U SPORTS.
The first, is an apathetic attitude from those who are unfamiliar with it. It comes from the people who don’t know very much at all about the league, and for that reason it is easy for them to ignore the 12,000 student athletes, representing 56 schools in four very distinct conferences.
But to those who are familiar with Canadian University Sports, it is something that you can connect with, and once you see it for the first time, it becomes a part of you.
I’d like to start by clearing up a common misconception.
Canadian University Sports are not trying to “be” the NCAA, because they can’t, and quite frankly they aren’t very similar. And that’s not a bad thing.
The athletes and staffs here in Canada are almost entirely homegrown, and proud to represent their schools both on and off the playing field.
“IF THERE WAS EVER A TIME TO GET BEHIND CANADIAN UNIVERSITY SPORTS, IT WOULD BE RIGHT NOW”
The competition across the country is just as strong, if not better than any other collegiate-level athletic league in the world. Every year, more and more athletes are recognizing this and are choosing to study and play at home, instead of going elsewhere for their post secondary studies; and that is making Canadian University Sports better every single year. And believe me when I say, if there was ever a time to get behind Canadian University Sports, it would be right now.
One of the primary reasons for a lack of support behind Canadian University Sports, is a lack of attention. That is the reason many Canadian sports fans could not name one of the athletes or schools, and in turn it is why you don’t see many games on television, other than national championships.
It’s time to change that perception, and that is where the Canadian University Sports Network comes in.
Our entire raison d’être is to bring these stories to the public’s attention, to raise the awareness of Canadian athletics’ best kept secret.
With a combined 35+ years of experience covering Canadian University Sports, with expertise in a variety of areas, our team’s sole focus is bringing the athletes, staff, and competition to the mainstream.
Our roster while small in its current stage, is always growing. If you are passionate about Canadian University Sports and are interested in joining our team to help spread awareness of our league, please visit our ‘Join the Team’ page.
On behalf of the CUSN team, I am very excited to welcome you on our journey, to learn all about the plethora of stories that Canadian University Sports has to offer.
These are your athletes, and their stories.
Editor-in-Chief, Canadian University Sports Network