Business students from Thompson Rivers University scored a top-three finish at this year’s BC MBA Games at the UBC Sauder School of Business.
The team of 23 international students placed third out of five schools, coming away with a first-place finish in the fundraising and video portion of the Games and capturing the Mann’s Cup for that event.
This year’s charity partner was Ocean Wise, connecting with the event’s theme of “the blue marble,” which was meant to inspire participants to make a lifelong commitment to ocean preservation.
“This year, we raised approximately $4,000,” TRU co-captain Mika Nguyen told KTW, noting they reached out to students and faculty and appeared on radio and TV, soliciting donations for Ocean Wise.
The team competed against Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Island University, University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria at the Games, which features events in three categories: academics, sports and spirit.
Each event counted for points, with the team amassing the most points taking home the top prize.
This was the third year in a row TRU has sent a team to the annual competition, having placed first overall two years ago.
TRU came away with a second-place finish in the spirit category, which featured multiple events, including an informative rap battle that saw the team choreographing its own dance and creating lyrics for its song, Oceans and Nations.
For the athletic portion of the event, the TRU team competed in beach volleyball and dodgeball, combining to finish third.
In academic case studies, each team was required to find a solution to a given problem.
The TRU team worked through case studies about Ocean Wise, along with an indigenous and an eco-friendly non-profit organization, but did not place in the top three.