Fix Rugby Award established for men’s rugby
VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes are pleased to announce the Fix Rugby Award endowment in honour of Canadian rugby fixture Karl Fix. A well-respected member of the Canadian rugby community, Fix is the founder of Dog River Howlers rugby club in Saskatchewan and the Regina Rogues R.F.C., a past director of Rugby Canada, a coach and a fundraiser, among his many other accomplishments. The award was made possible by the contributions of anonymous donors and their collective pledges of $40,000. Thanks to the Student Matching Award Fund, Vikes Athletics and Recreation was able to bring the total endowed fund to $80,000 so far. "This award has been inspired by the literally thousands of hours of selfless time and unfathomable energy and drive Karl has given to the sport and to the leadership and organization he has brought to many different rugby organizations and endeavours," said Vikes Rugby Alumni Chapter Chair Mike Holmes. "Just as importantly, it is inspired by the generosity, friendship and loyalty that he has shown to hundreds of young rugby players of every nationality and every background. As Karl is fond of saying, and he is the personification of this quote, 'rugby is more than a game, it is a way of life.'" Initially, one or two awards will be presented annually to undergraduate students who compete on the Vikes Men's Varsity Rugby team. Award recipients will be selected on the basis of work ethic, commitment and performance criteria by the Director of Athletics and Recreation in consultation with the Varsity Head Coach and the Manager of Athletics. In honour of Fix's prairie ties, first preference will be given to students from Saskatchewan and second preference will be given to students from Alberta or Manitoba. Fix has already made a large contribution to Vikes Rugby, helping spearhead the donation of the Howlers Rugby Award in 2013. He helped raised $55,000 for the award—a total that was also matched to bring the final endowment to $110,000. Since 2007, the Dog River Howlers rugby club has raised over $1,000,000 for a variety of causes, including for charities and rugby clubs in need. Moving forward, the UVic alumni fundraising team hopes to reach out to all of the individuals who have been a part of and benefited from their association with Karl over the past 40 years. "I am incredibly humbled and grateful to all the people who have supported and will support this award,” said Fix. “I am deeply aware of the difference this will make in young people's choices—to have the opportunity not only to play the great sport that I love but also to help them pursue an education at a world class university. “I feel it is the greatest gift that anyone can give to me to help make a difference for posterity in young rugby player's future careers and lives."
ABOUT KARL FIX
A lover of the game of rugby and philanthropy, Karl Fix has been involved in rugby since 1975. He founded the Regina Rogues R.F.C., the Prairie Fire R.F.C. Served as a director of Rugby Canada in the 1990's and spearheaded the first successful Junior Canada program. As a coach he coached the Saskatchewan junior side on several occasions as well as numerous club sides and as a player was a part of the senior Saskatchewan team for four seasons. He has organized and led countless rugby tours to provide the opportunity of travel and cultural experiences to hundreds of junior and senior players many under the organization he founded in 2007, the Dog River Howlers Rugby Club. The club tours the world, bridging the gap between people through the sport's connective abilities and raising funds for worthwhile causes outside of rugby. The Howlers are comprised of players and fans from all over Canada and the world who believe rugby is not just a game but a way of life. Since 2011, Fix and the Dog River Howlers rugby club have helped raise $572,000 for the Regina Leader-Post Christmas Cheer Fund, which supports four shelters for women and children fleeing domestic abuse. The club has raised over $1,000,000 for a variety of other worthy causes since its inception. Fix, born in Hepberg, Germany, currently lives in Regina with his wife Sandy.