LANGLEY, British Columbia
– On Thursday night after a long day of practices the Trinity Western men’s basketball team did not head out for a big dinner, relax with X-Box or head out to a movie.

Instead they were to be found in the banquet room of the Langley Event Centre sitting at tables with soapy water, cleaning towels and optometry equipment, while surrounded by boxes of used eye glasses, helping out IRIS Mundial missions.

With music playing in the background, the Spartans, with the help of IRIS doctors and technicians,  spent over four hours sorting, washing, bagging and tagging over 5,000 eye glasses and then packaging them to be shipped to needy patients in Peru and Haiti.

TWU men’s basketball head coach Scott Allen commented on his team’s activity, "One of our mandates is to try to be an impact in our community, working with IRIS Mundial missions was an excellent opportunity for our boys to see the value in giving."

The Spartans have been holding training sessions this past week in Langley as they prepare for the upcoming 2009-2010 CIS season. Last season TWU earned a Canada West Bronze medal while setting program records for Canada West wins in a season, 17-6, and wins in a row with 12.

About IRIS Mundial:
IRIS Mundial organizes and funds volunteer missions of IRIS eye care professionals to developing countries throughout the world where eye care is unavailable to those most in need. They have helped thousands of children and adults with vital eye surgery, eye health treatments, and corrective eyewear. The donated eyewear to IRIS, is cleaned, adjusted, and repaired and then sent to a fresh pair of eyes in a developing country to give them new life. For more information on IRIS eye care, visit

About TWU:
Trinity Western is a member of both the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  TWU offers 42 undergraduate and 16 graduate degree programs through its Langley campus, including specialty programs offered at TWU’s Laurentian Leadership Centre in Ottawa, the Crow’s Nest Ecological Study Area on Salt Spring Island BC and its Bellingham WA campus. TWU’s School of Business recently launched an MBA program, and the new School of Nursing will be offering a Master of Science in Nursing this fall.

As Canada’s premier Christian university, TWU provides exemplary academic programs that have earned national recognition: TWU has received three consecutive A+ ratings for “overall quality of education” in The Globe and Mail Canadian University Report Card, and recently ranked first in Canada for “enriching educational experience” as reported in Maclean’s. For more information, visit

About CIS:
Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Fifty-two universities, 10,000 student-athletes and 550 coaches vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. The CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, and 32 World University Championships. For further information, visit


Last Updated: 2009-09-05
Author: Scott Stewart