Courage to Casey Award

The Courage to Casey Award is given yearly to the UBC football player who consistently demonstrates courage, discipline, commitment and dedication to Thunderbird Football.

The Casey Smith Scholarship fund is also a yearly scholarship that will be awarded to UBC football players who demonstrate unusual commitment and dedication to the UBC Football program.

About Casey Smith

Casey Smith, a former player and assistant coach at UBC, took over the head coaching job from his legendary father Frank Smith in 1995. In just his third season Casey led the Thunderbirds to a 5-2-1 regular season record and a Vanier Cup Championship.

The following summer he delivered the devastating news to his players that he had been diagnosed with liver cancer. The players dedicated their entire 1998 season to him, and affixed decals to their helmets bearing the words "Courage for Casey," and the number 51, his jersey number in his playing days.

The date of his death - November 25, 1998 - underscored its immense tragedy, occurring almost exactly one year to the day after his team's national triumph in the Vanier Cup.

In his three years as head coach, he led UBC to a record of 17 wins, 14 losses and one tie. In his final season, he was named Canada West Coach of the Year.

Past recipients

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