Through a partnership with the United Way, the Stampeders are committed to the motto: We Are More Than Football, We Are United. The highlight of the partnership is the Children's Cottage Crisis Nursery.
As part of a Day of Caring in June, Stampeders players — including Nik Lewis, the club's United Way representative, as well as Markus Howell, Milt Collins and Jabari Arthur — and members of the Outriders rolled up their sleeves to design and paint a Stampeders-themed room at the facility.
“I’m very proud to be a part of this partnership,” said Lewis. “The Stampeders and United Way are committed to the community we live in and so am I. This Day of Caring at the Children’s Cottage is just the beginning. Like the slogan says ‘We are more than just football, we are United’.”
Lewis, Ralph the Dog and Stampeders staff also took part in the downtown parade on Sept. 2 to mark the launch of the United Way's new campaign.
>> Video of campaign launch
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The Stamps are committing their players and their influence in the community to help United Way build a great city for everyone. Through the partnership the Stampeders will be working with United Way to raise awareness about the work both organizations do in the community and what other Calgarians can do to get involved.
“We are thrilled at the new partnership between United Way and the Calgary Stampeders. We feel by working together we can really make an impact in kids’ lives,” says Ruth Ramsden-Wood, President of United Way of Calgary and Area.
Both organizations are committed to children and youth being involved in recreation. There are links between what children and youth are doing during out-of-school hours and low academic achievement. In fact, kids are most likely to experiment with sexual activity, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on school days.
However, 16 per cent of children and youth under the age of 15 are living in low-income households. In these households, parents may be choosing groceries and rent; sports equipment and extracurricular fees are not even a possibility.
The Day of Caring to launch the partnership was held at the United Way funded Children’s Cottage Society of Calgary. The Children’s Cottage offers a Crisis Nursery and Community Respite Program for parents who are experiencing crisis, or difficulty and have no other means of support. The Crisis Nursery is a 10 bed, 24-hour nursery that cares for vulnerable children aged 8 and under, for up to 72 hours during times of family crisis or emergency.
>> Video of a Day of Caring
>> Learn more about United Way in Calgary