August 20, 2017

Players really love this city

It’s time for another edition of the It’s a Snap Blog and this time we’re getting personal!

The ladies over at the Tight Ends Podcast have asked: “Do players feel at home in Calgary? What local charities do they support?”

Quite a few players and coaches choose to make Calgary home year-round, including Bo Levi Mitchell, Deron Mayo and Rob Maver. I mean, hey, who wouldn’t want to live here?

Most players agree they’ve never seen any place like our beautiful province and a lot of them take the time to explore the area around Calgary. DaVaris Daniels recently spent the bye week in Banff National Park.

As for charitable work, many Stamps players are active in the community, choosing to give back to this city and they LOVE doing it! When I cover community events for Stamps TV where players are involved, they are always smiling and interacting with the crowd, and often they stay longer than they’re scheduled.

Rob Cote is highly involved with Hospice Calgary. At the annual Hike for Hospice in May, he walks with all the participants. During the rest of the year, he spends time with various families who have a loved one at the hospice.

Mitchell and his bride Maddy started Mitchell’s Miracle Day back in 2015 to help financially challenged local children purchase Christmas gifts for their families.

After retiring as a player and becoming the defensive line coach, Corey Mace continued his charity work with his annual turkey and ham drive. For the past four years, he’s personally delivered the donated items to the Airdrie Food Bank, CUPS and Enviros. Through the generosity of Stamps fans, every year the total amount of food donated has increased.

Maver spends a lot of time helping out AARCS (Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society) and Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. Spencer Wilson is the CUPS (Calgary Urban Project Society) representative.

Brandon Smith is the face of the Stampeders’ annual Salvation Army Coat Drive and visits the Alberta Children’s Hospital every day before a home game. Charleston Hughes spearheads the Purolator Tackle Hunger program each year. Marquay McDaniel works closely with Kids Cancer Care. Mayo spends quite a bit of time at Ronald McDonald House visiting families who have a child at the children’s hospital.

I could go on and on! Our players have a real sense of community and that giving back not only helps others, but helps them, as well. We’re very lucky with the group of guys we have on the field who support our community. That’s why we should support them, too! Come watch the August 26 tilt against the Argos.

See you at McMahon!