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The Calgary Stampeders are proud to announce their community partnership with Goodwill Industries of Alberta.

Anthony Parker, the Stamps’ player representative for this charitable organization, makes appearances at Goodwill events and and spreads awareness throughout the community on behalf of the non-profit group.

“The reason I chose to serve as a rep for Goodwill is because it gives me the opportunity from a position of privilege to serve those that are in a time of need,” said Parker. “It’s been proven time and again in our community that when people are in need, we stand up to help.”

An exclusive draw at each of the five Goodwill locations in Calgary has recently allowed individuals to enter to win a 2016 team-signed Stampeders jersey.

“We need more advocates like Anthony and the Stampeders to help the community learn about what kind of impact a job has on the life of someone with a disability,” said Dale Monaghan, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Alberta.

Goodwill is a social enterprise designed to connect individuals facing a disability with meaningful employment and overall career development. All donations, as well as grants from the Government of Alberta, help fund programs offering employment coaching, job search services and job training to enable a sense of independence for those disadvantaged.

On average, an individual served by Goodwill earns a job every 27 seconds of each business day in North America.

Operating in Alberta for more than 60 years, Goodwill currently has 13 thrift shops and 21 donation centres throughout the province.