Endowed scholarship supports Langara Falcons student-athletes

An endowed scholarship in the name of Kevin Hanson, former coach of the Langara Falcons men’s basketball team, will help support student-athletes for many seasons to come. The fund raised $25,000 as part of Langara’s Beyond 49 campaign.

“Getting an education is expensive. If this scholarship can allow someone to dedicate more time to being a student athlete, it’s really going to serve its purpose. I’m ecstatic that this award is going to help a student every year,” said Hanson. “Langara’s such a special place in my heart. It was a great place for me to come as a student, and it helped make me the person I am.”

“When Langara first contact me about establishing the award in my name, I was absolutely honoured. But more importantly, it is about the student athletes. I’m thrilled to know that a student-athlete will receive this support on an annual basis to help further their education and their athletic opportunities,” added Hanson.

One of Canada’s most successful basketball coaches, Hanson got his start at Langara. As a student, alumni, faculty member and coach, he’s had a profound effect on the students. As a decorated athlete, an Outstanding Alumni recipient, instructor and coach, his legacy at Langara spans 35 years.

“Kevin is an integral part of the Falcons, and always will be. The scholarships in Kevin’s name will ensure that our student-athletes can focus on success in the classroom, and on the court or the field. Kevin’s continuing support of Langara athletics is invaluable,” said Jake McCallum, Director, Athletics and Intramurals.

Hanson graduated from North Delta’s Seaquam Secondary and went on to be a CCAA All-Canadian for the Falcons in 1984. He later played for UBC, then served as a Langara assistant coach in 1987. In his nine-year run as Langara head coach, he netted five BCCAA league titles and two CCAA national championships. He has continued his tradition as one of Canada’s most accomplished head basketball coaches supporting and mentoring student athletes, since moving to UBC in 2000.

 

Photo: Kevin Hanson is flanked by former players Jake McCallum (L) and Aaron Mitchell (R), June 5, 2019.