Mexico City, 3 November 2012.
As part of its Silver Jubilee celebrations, La Salle University of Mexico City hosted the XIX Lasallian University Games, which brought together more than a thousand competitors in five distinct events from the 14 Lasallian Universities of Mexico
This sporting contest took place from October 31 to November 3, in the sports facilities of the central campus and in the Santa Lucía sports Centre. In all there were 350 hours of sporting activities, including 205 matches of football, five-a-side football, basketball, volleyball and tennis, with events for men and women. In addition this year, there was an exhibition event in the form of a chess tournament.
The opening ceremonies on October 31, presided over by the Rectors of the Lasallian Universities, involved participants from fourteen of the States of the Republic of Mexico.
In the course of the inaugural ceremony, Maestro. Enrique A. González Álvarez, Rector of the University remarked: “This year we are celebrating fifty years of Lasallian university life in Mexico, fifty years of quality professional education.”
During the closing ceremony on the last day, awards were made to those teams that had come first in their events in the various categories of sports. La Salle Nezahualcóyotl gained three firsts, and the host University tied with La Salle Victoria on two first places each. Special mention must be made of the participation for the first time of the Lasallian University of Oaxaca, founded in February 2011.
Finally, it was announced that the XX Lasallian University Games would take place in 2013 at the La Salle University Victoria, and its Academic Rector received on its behalf the Challenger Trophy as the symbol of the games and also the Light of Fraternity, which must be kept lit until it has completed its journey around all our university centres.
In his concluding message González Álvarez invited the students to become “spreaders of the fraternity experienced in these games, carrying the message that we are not in isolation; we are with many other Lasallians in all corners of Mexico and of the world, and that we are a force for life which gives grounds for hope”.
The games were made possible by the work of more than 600 volunteers from the various parts of the university: administration, student groups and cultural and sporting clubs.