Since 2007, the Stampeders have been honoured to team up with Hospice Calgary.
The cornerstone of the partnership is the annual Hike for Hospice. The a 5-km walk or 10-km fun run raises funds to support individuals and families whose lives are transformed by a life-threatening illness or the death of someone close to them.
Stampeders players, Outriders, fans and even Ralph the Dog are annual participants in the Hike for Hospice.
Calgary fullback Rob Cote is the official player representative for Hospice Calgary.
“I couldn’t be happier to be on board with this charity,” says Cote. “I am honoured to be able to work alongside the staff at Hospice. They are such great people and it’s such a great cause. Doing this work is very difficult, but it’s very meaningful and very helpful to the people who need it.
“Hospice Calgary provides a service to people who are in a really great need, who have just suffered a tragic loss. Lots of times, people don’t know how to deal with these things, especially young kids and young families. They provide the service to help them get through these times and they do it regardless of people’s financial situation. That’s why this Hike for Hospice is so important. It raises funds for families that really need the services offered, but can’t afford to pay them right now do due their unexpected loss.”