Vancouver, B.C. - The Vancouver Canucks Communications department is proud to continue with The Botchford Project, a program sponsored by The Athletic, for a second consecutive season to honour the legacy of the late Jason Botchford.
During its inaugural season in 2019.20, The Botchford Project awarded a mentorship experience to nine aspiring writers, where each recipient had the opportunity to work under the guidance of a member of Vancouver's sports media and report on a Canucks game live from Rogers Arena.
Throughout the remainder of the 2020.21 season, The Botchford Project will present three more writers with the opportunity to spend a day following in Jason's footsteps by covering a Canucks game live from Rogers Arena and having their paid article published on Canucks.com/BotchfordProject. Due to COVID-19 protocols and access limitations at Rogers Arena, this year's finalists may have a slightly different experience than past participants. However, The Botchford Project looks forward to providing another series of unforgettable experiences to three aspiring writers in the community as we continue to honour Jason's life.
"Jason was a very talented journalist who covered the Canucks for 14 years with passion and energy," said Chris Brumwell, VP Communications, Fan and Community Engagement. "He felt strongly about mentoring young writers and dedicated countless hours to the next generation of journalists who were trying to break into the industry. With the support of many of Vancouver's sports media, we want to celebrate the spirit of mentorship through The Botchford Project, just as Jason did with so many young writers throughout his career."
"Jason would have been so humbled by The Botchford Project initiative," said Kathryn Botchford. "For him, supporting young writers was critical to the future of journalism. He was so passionate about this industry and seeing it evolve through young, emerging writers. This initiative enables a community to pay it forward by continuing what he started. My family and I are incredibly honoured and so grateful to see Jason's legacy continue through The Botchford Project."
Applications are now closed for this season. We are currently in the selection phase and look forward to sharing more details on who was selected soon. Priority will be placed on applicants currently enrolled in journalism programs.
The Botchford Project is made possible from the support of Kathryn Botchford, Jeff Paterson, Thomas Drance, Ben Kuzma and Brian Wiebe.