The University of Victoria Vikes are pleased to announce the Fix Rugby Award endowment in honour of Karl Fix, founder of the Dog River Howlers rugby club in Saskatchewan and a well-respected member of the Canadian rugby community.
The award was made possible by the contributions from two anonymous donors and their pledge of $40,000. Thanks to the Student Matching Award Fund, Vikes Athletics and Recreation was able to match that total to create an $80,000 endowed fund at the University of Victoria.
“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.'”
One or more awards totaling $3,000 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.
ABOUT KARL FIX
A lover of the game of rugby and philanthropy, Karl Fix founded the Dog River Howlers Rugby Club in 2007. 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 2007. Fix, born in Hepberg, Germany, currently lives in Regina with his wife Sandy.