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Sea-Hawk balances athletics, academics

By John Harvey
Special to the Gazette

Second year Sea-Hawk’s soccer player Liam Kelly is a busy man these days. In addition to spending 15 to 20 hours a week honing his soccer skills for the Sea-Hawks and completing a full course load as part of his double major in Commerce and French, Mr. Kelly is an active member of SIFE Memorial (formerly ACE Memorial).

SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) Memorial is a student organization whose mission is to “create local solutions for global economic challenges.”

While the workload can be hectic, Mr. Kelly said his involvement in varsity athletics and SIFE Memorial has helped him develop a number of valuable skills including teamwork, time management, stress management and commitment.

Varsity sports may conjure up a traditional view of teamwork, but Mr. Kelly maintains that SIFE Memorial has a unity equal to any sports team he has been a part of.

“We work extremely hard together to achieve our goals, and that is the definition of teamwork,” he said.

Mr. Kelly is the vice-president of Think Green, a SIFE Memorial initiative that teaches elementary school students to run their own profitable recycling enterprises. Over an eight-week period students are taught basic business skills, are interviewed one-on-one, and are employed in specific roles within their business.

He believes the reason SIFE is so successful is the impact it has on the community.

“Making presentation teams and being able to travel are excellent opportunities as a student, but nothing compares to the difference you know you are making in somebody's life. That is our biggest success and reward.”

While he is a second-year defender on the Sea-Hawks roster, he is a rookie, to use sports vernacular, of SIFE. It is clear that Mr. Kelly feels appreciative to be involved with SIFE Memorial, a group that was recognized as the 2008 SIFE National Champion, the third straight year Memorial has captured this honour.
The national championship means that SIFE Memorial will represent Canada at the SIFE World Cup in Singapore on Oct. 1.

It will be a busy fall for Mr. Kelly as the Sea-Hawks soccer season runs from September to the end of October.

To get involved with SIFE Memorial, see All students are welcome and encouraged to get involved.

For more information on varsity athletics go to

Students ready for international competition

In early October, 22 business students will be travelling half-way around the world to compete against national champions from over 40 countries in the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) World Cup. This is the third consecutive year that the SIFE (formerly ACE) Memorial team has represented Canada in this global competition.

At a recent showcase of their World Cup presentation, the SIFE Memorial team was confident about the upcoming competition. “Last year in New York, we placed second in the world,” said Ryan Gosse, vice-president of SIFE Memorial. “We’re hoping to improve on that record in Singapore.”

Teams in the World Cup are given 24 minutes to tell the story of the impact they’ve had on their community in the past year. This year, the SIFE Memorial team will be focusing on six of their most successful projects: Launch Pad, Leading Ethically, Transatlantic Consultants, Flags, Think Green and Moulder of Dreams.

Before heading to Singapore for the competition, the team will be taking their presentation on a cross-Canada tour. They’ll be presenting to the business community in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. SIFE students will also be travelling with Dr. Gary Gorman, dean of the Faculty of Business and Lynn Morrissey, faculty advisor for SIFE Memorial, to Penang, Malaysia for presentations and meetings with the University Sans Malaysia, an academic partner of the Faculty of Business.

Check for updates on the World Cup competition between Oct. 1 and 3. For more information on the SIFE World Cup, visit