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REGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders were proud to make significant investments in youth and amateur football across the province in 2019.
Through roughly 30 programs and 80 events the Roughriders were able to reach 15,000 youth aged 8-18 and invest $1.3 million in 18 organizations.
“Investing in the province’s next generation is one of the most important things we do as the Saskatchewan Roughriders” said Roughriders President and CEO Craig Reynolds. “I’m extremely proud of the work we’ve done in the community this year, including introducing the game of football to inner-city students and new Canadians as part of a new initiative called Grow the Game, making football accessible to children who may have never had the opportunity before.”
“Amateur Football is thriving in Saskatchewan; in large part to the great partnership Football Saskatchewan has with the Saskatchewan Roughriders,” said Football Saskatchewan President Mike Humenny. “We are very lucky as an organization to have the opportunity to continue this partnership and look forward to what the future holds.”
With the support of Football Saskatchewan, Grow the Game hosted two camps in 2019. The first brought several hundred students from all five North Central Regina schools to Mosaic Stadium to learn football from some of the Roughriders top performers. The second event hosted more than 40 new Canadians in a Pass, Punt and Kick event.
In partnership with Dream, the Riders & Dream Community Fund provided $58,000 for capital projects in seven Saskatchewan communities including Regina, Clavet, Birch Hills Hafford, Dalmany, Watrous and Weyburn. These funds went to things like dressing room upgrades, scoreboards, goalposts, and other team infrastructure.
The Club also invested in the education of volunteer football coaches, hosted a football camp in Northern Saskatchewan, grew love of the game through the Pass, Punt and Kick and Fundamentals of Football programs and provided monetary support to grassroots and amateur football.
In the past year the Saskatchewan Roughriders launched the Saskatchewan Roughriders Foundation to elevate the opportunities for Club to give back to the Saskatchewan community. Programs and initiatives like these will receive continued support and funding through the Foundation. More information, including how to donate, can be found on its website.
Grow the Game
Northern Saskatchewan Football Jamboree
Riders & Dream Community Fund
Pass, Punt and Kick
Playground 2 Pros Camp
Fundamentals of Football presented by Dream