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football team to the University of Regina and a higher level of
competition for the team’s athletes, alongside the opportunity
for some to transition into post-secondary education.
“Some (football) players probably wouldn’t have attended
university, but they did, including one…who has his MBA …
and went on to get a couple of degrees,” former Rams president
Larry LeBlanc says.
LeBlanc also spoke to White’s knowledge of university sport
as being instrumental in bringing the Rams to the U of R.
Whether it was roster size, eligibility, tie-breaking procedures
or scholarship cap information, White’s understanding of the
higher level processes were essential to intertwining the two
“In terms of things that stand out … (White’s) knowledge of
the CIAU, CIS and Canada West policies and procedures, and
there are a lot of them…(he) knew those policies like the back
of his hand.”
On a national scale, White played — and continues to play — a
pivotal role in university sports in Canada. Beyond his current
position as chair of the U SPORTS Men’s Hockey Sport Technical
Subcommittee, he has held several positions with both the
national o ce and Canada West, including president of the CIS
board from 2005-09 and 2013-14, and president of Canada West
for two years.
“For me it was an opportunity to provide leadership and to learn
about the operation of the national organization and to hear
from people across the country on a consistent basis,” White says
when asked about his national contributions. “I think, I was able
to...grow a perspective in being able to hear from leaders from
coast to coast and to tackle those challenges with a great group
of colleagues, and try to make the organization better.”
His contributions to Canadian university sport and to the
University of Regina’s athletics program are, evidently,
invaluable. But when speaking with White, you realize perhaps
his most striking characteristic is his sel essness and his
devotion to the Cougars program. He never says “I,” but rather,
“we”. His successes are the University of Regina’s successes, or
that of Canadian university sport.
“If we look throughout our communities, in sport and
elsewhere, we will see many university athletes who — at least
in part as a result of their participation (in university sport) —
are important leaders in the community,” White explains.
The legacy White leaves behind at the University of Regina
fosters leadership and builds a foundation to continue doing
so in a community that thrives on sport — an outstanding
contribution to interuniversity sport and one that will have an
impact for years to come.