Remembering Greg Badger: 1971-2018

    The Golden Bears and Pandas community mourns loss of Bears Basketball alumni Greg Badger, who passed away on June 11, 2018.

    By Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics on June 21, 2018

    The Golden Bears and Pandas community mourns loss of Bears Basketball alumni Greg Badger, who passed away on June 11, 2018.

    Badger spent five seasons with the Golden Bears (1990-1995), graduating from the University of Alberta in 1995 with a Bachelor of Physical Education and Recreation.

    In five seasons with the Golden Bears, Badger suited up in 174 games, including 99 Canada West games. Playing primarily point guard during his career with the Bears, Badger accumulated 486 points, 291 assists, and 122 rebounds in 99 games, with his assist total the third most in Bears program history.

    He also helped the Bears capture the 1994 Canada West championship, and was instrumental in helping the Bears capture their first two national titles in 1994 and 1995. He was also named the Bears’ Game MVP in the 1995 CIAU Final.

    "Our first two National Championship teams had many exceptional players without whom we could not have won, but there is no doubt in my mind that without Greg as our point guard we would not have won,” said Don Horwood, who coached the Bears from 1983-2009. “He was the right man at the right time. Greg had the rare combination of extreme desire and competitive spirit combined with a complete understanding of his role. Greg was more than happy to pass the ball rather than shoot and because of his intelligence he usually made the correct decisions. Several of his long range shots will always be a part of Golden Bears folklore."

    As part of Greg's legacy, the Badger family is establishing the Greg Badger Memorial Foundation. The Foundation will support U of A basketball athletes as well as mental health and addiction initiatives. In lieu of flowers, and in support of causes near and dear to Greg's heart, donations can be made to the Foundation. Cheques can be made payable to 'The Benefaction Foundation' with a note on the memo line 'In support of the Greg Badger Memorial Foundation'.

    Celebrations of Greg's life are planned for:

    Nanaimo:
    Tuesday, July 17 3:00 p.m. at Beban Park Auditorium
    Edmonton: Thursday, July 19 at 3:00 p.m. in the Enoch Grand Ballroom, Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort.

    At the celebrations, friends will be given the opportunity to share stories and memories of Greg

    “Greg will forever be remembered for his generosity, competitiveness, drive and positive spirit. He will be missed by all. Condolences and all our love go to Greg's family.”