In 2016, the Stamps enjoyed an action-packed year both on and off the field.
With more than 50 members of the Red and White making at least one visit to an event in Calgary or Southern Alberta, Stampeder players attended approximately 100 unique community events last season. In total, nearly 750 hours of official team appearances will have taken place between January and December.
The Stamps’ ongoing community involvement is sponsored by First Calgary and features programs including the CUPS/Stampeders Kickoff Breakfast, Every Yard Counts at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and Hike for Hospice.
Every Yard Counts player rep Brandon Smith and his teammates played their annual game of wheelchair football at the Alberta Children’s Hospital
Three new player representatives were matched with deserving corporations in 2016. Charlie Power partnered with Canadian Blood Services, Rob Maver teamed up with Crohn’s and Colitis Canada and Anthony Parker joined forces with Goodwill Industries of Alberta.
Initiatives supported by TELUS included the Stampeders’ off-season basketball program and the inaugural Stamp of a Champ assemblies at nearby schools.
Annual team-driven functions such as Fanfest, It’s A Snap and the Stampeders’ Ambassadors Charity Poker Tournament presented by TD Canada Trust were other highlighted appearances during the past several months.
Select players also attended away game viewing parties at each of Calgary’s two Shark Club locations in addition to hosting autograph sessions at both urban and rural Federated Co-ops.
Stamps players spoke at the Foothills Athletic Council’s flag football jamboree last fall
“Maintaining a strong, impactful presence away from the game of football is important to all of us,” said Rob Cote, a team captain and longstanding active member of the community. “I thoroughly enjoy doing whatever I can to make a difference in the lives of Calgarians and am always grateful to have the opportunity to give back. On behalf of the entire team, we are proud of our accomplishments this year and look forward to continuing our support of numerous organizations and various causes going forward.”
Be sure to stay tuned for many more appearances to come throughout the off-season when the Stampeders continue their year-round participation in community-based endeavours.