Nighthawks Athletics


NIGHTHAWKS programs keep me active and my friends are good supporters and keep me culturally active in my community.

– NEC Student

These activities keep me away from drinking, smoking and keep me in shape. Being around people is great is also helping with my mental health and happiness.

– NEC Student


The NEC Nighthawks is the Native Education College’s community athletics program. Programming includes the Nighthawks basketball program, the walk/run club, dragon boating, soccer, the NEC-SFU Native Basketball Festival and more!

For information about our programming contact the Wellness Warriors Program Coordinator at or call 604 873 3772 ext 342.

The goal of the Nighthawks community athletics program is to deliver a range of sport, recreation and physical activity opportunities to NEC students and community members. We strive to create an environment that is inclusive, reflects Aboriginal culture and is child-friendly. We believe that sport and opportunities for physical activity are an important tool for social change and empowerment within Indigenous communities.


Participants in 3 yrs!


Community Partnerships


$ raised in 3 yrs


Programs + a festival!


All NEC students have free access to the Creekside Community Centre fitness centre while registered as a student at NEC.

Head down to Creekside Community Centre located at 1 Athletes Way (near Science World) and show your NEC student card, Agency Referral Application form and support letter to Creekside Community Centre staff and they will print you a Creekside fitness centre pass.


    If you are a Vancouver resident all members of your household may be eligible to receive a 6-month Leisure Access Card that provides free access to all City of Vancouver swimming pools, skating rinks and skate rentals. The card also provides a 50% discount on swimming lessons and other programs and 50% admission to all City of Vancouver fitness centres.

    Please drop by the Wellness Warriors Coordinator’s office or see one of the NEC counselors to complete the referral form and support letter to take with you to get your pass at Creekside Community Center.


    Unfortunately NEC is not able to complete referrals for this program; however, please stop by the Wellness Warriors Coordinator’s office for a courtesy pass (limited numbers available).

    Burnaby Recreation Credit Program information brochure: Download PDF

    Application form: Download PDF


    Bring your tax slip or if on social assistance bring proof of receiving assistance to receive at Surrey Leisure Access card. If you have not filed your taxes and are not on social insurance it is still possible to qualify for the card as they do make exceptions.

    Visit the Newton Recreation Centre located at: 13730 – 72 Avenue, Surrey, BC or give them a call at 604 501 5545


    Visit the Fraserside Community Centre with a tax slip showing low income status to qualify for the New Westminster Leisure Access Card. With this card you will receive a 50% off all programming.



    Visit any City of Richmond community centre with your tax slip or proof of being on income assistance and proof of residency to qualify for the Richmond Access Card. With the Richmond Access Card individuals and families qualify for one free activity program per month or 10 visit family passes to the pool every three months.


    The North Vancouver Parks and Recreation financial assistance program allows individuals and families free access to fitness centres, swimming pools, skating rinks and discounted rates on adult and children’s structured programs.

    Call 604-987-Play (7529) and ask for an Access appointment at your local North Vancouver Community Recreation Centre.

    They ask that you please bring to your appointment the following:

    • Proof of residency in North Vancouver (example – BC Hydro, telephone or cable bill)

    One of the following:

    • A referral letter from a North Shore social services agency
    • A tax assessment
    • Disability Benefits statement
    • Employment Insurance statement
    • Income Assistance statement

    Please find more information by visiting the NVRC website here.


Trout Lake Community Centre Trout Lake Community Centre – located in John Hendry Park near Victoria Dr and East 12th Ave – generously provides the Native Education College with free access to its gymnasium for our Saturday evening basketball practices and games.