The local business community learned more about the 2016 Saskatchewan Summer Games in Estevan at a launch on May 13 at the Saskatchewan Energy Training Institute.
It is a $2 million event that requires 1,300 volunteers, the summer games committee said, and they are looking for support from different businesses within the community.
The most expensive facility to build is the new track and field facility at the Estevan Comprehensive School. It will cost an estimated $1.2 million. Construction is slated to begin in June, and it should be done in 2015.
At the launch, there were booths set up explaining, in great detail, on where each sport will be held, the facilities that are going to be used, and how much it costs to hold each event.
The sports will be archery, athletics, baseball, basketball, canoeing/kayaking, equestrian, golf soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, triathlon and volleyball.
Also, a representative from each sport offered details.
“We want to show people that we can organize, and that we do have plans for all of the sports,” said Brian Smith, who co-chairs the Summer Games Committee with Brian Senchuk.
Kelly McConnell, the co-chair of the Friends of the Games fundraising committee with Bernie Bjorndalen, said the committee is well underway with the fundraising campaign. The summer games committee has already received money from the Saskatchewan Games Council, the City of Estevan, the R.M of Estevan and local school divisions.
She went on to say that the committee would provide each sponsor with extensive acknowledgements and recognitions, both locally and provincially, as the Saskatchewan Games requires both corporate and individual financial support, as well contributions for materials supplies and equipment.
One of the responsibilities of the games committee is to store 1,300 beds for the two years leading up to the games, said Senchuk. The committee wondered where they were going to store those, as property in Estevan is pricey, and storage units are not currently available, he said. Then they were looking into sea can storage units for their needs.
Kip Dayman of Dayman Trucking stepped forward to donate sea cans to the committee. They have been recognized as a diamond sponsor for their contribution.
As this launch was directed towards the businesses of the city, there are sponsorships packages for businesses or whoever donates a certain amount of money.
The diamond event sponsors are for contributors who choose to supply $50,000 or more. The platinum sponsors are for contributors of $40,000 to $49,999. If someone chooses to donate $30,000 to $39,999, they become a gold sponsor.
Other sponsorship levels include silver, bronze and copper.
Even though they have two years to organize for the Summer Games, Smith said they are going to need a lot of help.
“We don’t expect the business community to do everything, obviously, we’re busy fundraising in other ways, looking at grants,” said Smith.
Smith noted that the launch was about showing the business community how they can help, whether it’s financially or providing equipment or expertise. But other areas in the community will be contributors to the games, including the medical community, the school divisions, the hotel association and the RM of Estevan.
“It’s not just the city; it’s the whole surrounding area as well that are going to be involve,” said Smith.
Senchuck and Smith believe that Estevan will put on a great Summer Games in a little more than two years from now.
“We really want to make not only Estevan a successful games, we want to make this the games the whole province has ever seen,” said Senchuk