Department Information

The MacEwan University Griffins compete in the Canada West Universities Athletic Association (Canada West), a conference of U Sports (formerly CIS) and in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC), a conference of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).

Our Mission

MacEwan University shall provide a breadth of quality athletic programs of interest to MacEwan University students that are infused with the values of excellence, gender equity, academic integrity, personal growth and development, consistent with the educational experience at the university.

Exceptional Student-Athlete Experience

Griffins Athletics provides one of the top post-secondary experiences in Canada to our student-athletes. Our teams and athletes continually strive for excellence both in the classroom, on the playing surface, and in giving back to the community.

Academic Excellence

In order to support the mission of the University, balance between excellence in academics and athletics is a key value of Griffins Athletics. Every season, several student-athletes receive ACAC Academic Athlete awards, CCAA Academic All-Canadian status, CCAA Scholar Athlete recognition, or U Sports Academic All-Canadian honours.

Athletic Excellence

The Griffins’ quest for excellence is demonstrated on a weekly basis by our teams and athletes on the court, ice, course or track. Our success is evidenced by the number of awards our athletes bring home annually, including team championships, individual medals, all-conference selections and Player of the Year Awards in both Canada West and the ACAC. Our coaches are no exception, as several have received Coach of the Year recognition by their peers.

Community Engagement

The third vital principle pillar of the Athletics program is our community engagement. Student-athletes and coaches give back to the community through volunteer work with not-for-profit organizations, for example, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or the Special Olympics. Teams also give back by working with youth sport groups, including the Northern Alberta Volleyball Club, Hockey Edmonton, the Edmonton Girls Hockey Association or even the Junior Griffins programs. Many of our coaches also represent the institution in the community by coaching at the provincial and national levels of their sport.