March 30, 2020

53rd annual Night of the Dino goes digital

'Fortnight of the Dino' features daily athletic awards and recognition
Dinos celebration
Night of Dinos goes digital Mathieu Belanger

The 2019-20 season was a remarkable one in so many ways for the University of Calgary Dinos. Highlighted by a pair of national championships in football and men’s cross country, the Dinos saw incredible success across the board, adding five Canada West championship banners to their collection and bringing home a wealth of individual honours.

Normally, these exploits would be feted at the annual Night of the Dino awards gala, which had been scheduled for Tuesday, April 7 at the Red & White Club. Instead of a two-hour in-person banquet, the Dinos will roll out a two-week series — a ‘Fortnight of the Dino,’ if you will — recognizing these achievements. The awards will culminate with the announcement of the Dr. Dennis Kadatz Athletes of the Year on Thursday, April 9.

“While of course we would have preferred to come together as the Dinos family, circumstances made that impossible this year and of course our first thoughts go to the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, and staff, as well as the entire university community,” says athletic director Jason Kerswill. “But there was still plenty to celebrate from the past year, and we hope that these two weeks will bring those happy memories back for the entire campus.”

Follow the Dinos’ social media channels and stay tuned to as we take an extended look back over the 2019-20 season. Here’s what to expect:

Monday, March 30          

  • Freshman Awards of Merit (nominees for rookie of the year)

Tuesday, March 31          

  • Awards of Merit (nominees for athlete of the year)

Wednesday, April 1        

  • MedWest Athletic Therapy Scholarships

Thursday, April 2              

  • Tribute to Fifth Year Student-Athletes

Friday, April 3                    

  • Service Recognition: Senate Service Award, Murray Fraser Awards, Dr. Lou Goodwin Award, Margaret Southern Award

Monday, April 6                

  • Calgary Booster Club Scholar-Athletes

Tuesday, April 7                

  • Charlesglen Toyota Coach of the Year

Wednesday, April 8         

  • Bill Popplewell Rookies of the Year

Thursday, April 9              

  • Dr. Dennis Kadatz Athletes of the Year


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