The entire Stampeders organization takes great pride in giving back to the community. The players annually contribute hundreds of hours of their time while the Outriders cheer team last season completed more than 2,000 hours of community service and charitable work. Ralph the Dog can also often be found out and about in the community.
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Stamps players enjoy interacting with their fans but their availability is limited during the Canadian Football League season. Players are only available on their one day off each week for appearances. These dates will vary depending on their game-day schedule.
Because of the team’s intense practice schedule during training camp through to the first regular season game, players and coaches are unavailable for appearances during this time. Also from the middle of October through to the end of November, no player appearances will be scheduled as the players focus and prepare for the CFL playoffs.
Charity appearances are limited to one hour in length. Paid promotional appearances can vary in length but most are scheduled for two hours.
The majority of player appearances are community service, school- or charity-related and, as a result, are unpaid appearances. Many civic organizations offer honorariums to players. Corporate appearances are paid engagements. Business or promotional appearance fees are not set by the Calgary Stampeders but by the players. Fees depend upon the player requested.