Diversity Is Strength

O’Leary: McMaster’s women’s apprenticeship clears a path in coaching

June 8, 2021 | Chris O'Leary
Inspired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Super Bowl-winning staff, former CFLer Corey Grant created two apprenticeship spots on the McMaster football team’s 2021 staff for female coaches.

McMaster offers 2 apprenticeship coaching positions for women

June 2, 2021 | CFL.ca Staff
For the first time in its program’s history, the McMaster Marauders football team has established two apprenticeship coaching positions targeted specifically for women to encourage and ...

Asian History Month: A powerful discussion with Chiu, Chungh

May 17, 2021 | Steven Chang
As part of Asian History Month, BC Lions’ o-lineman Sukh Chungh and former Lions’ OL coach Bryan Chiu spoke with BCLions.com about their experiences in football and where they’d ...

Behind The Story: O’Leary on #DiversityIsStrength

August 18, 2018 | CFL.ca Staff
Chris O’Leary joins Brodie Lawson to discuss his stories on some of the CFL’s greatest trailblazers.

GameTime: #DiversityIsStrength

August 18, 2018 | CFL.ca Staff
Chris O’Leary joins Brodie Lawson to discuss his series of stories on some of the CFL’s greatest trailblazers in celebration of Diversity Is Strength.

Randy’s Word: Celebrating diversity

August 14, 2018 | Randy Ambrosie
Diversity is Strength. You will see that phrase emblazoned on special t-shirts worn across the CFL this month and featured in a deep online and social media campaign. For us, this is much more ...

Police brutality ended his career, but Bowen didn’t quit on his community

August 8, 2018 | Chris O'Leary
They beat him, allegedly planted drugs on him and charged him with assaulting police and possession of cocaine. Bowen and his lawyer said the incident was racial profiling. Bowen was acquitted in ...

Calgary’s comfort lured Pennsylvania boys from prospect of NFL

August 8, 2018 | Chris O'Leary
By that time, the two men that grew up three hours apart in Pennsylvania — Harrison was eight-years older than Helton — had both chosen to play their college football at Arizona State ...

Polak made ‘her-story’ while helping Rough Riders stay afloat

August 8, 2018 | Chris O'Leary
She was named the general manager of the Ottawa Rough Riders in December, 1988. The Montreal Alouettes had folded a year-and-a-half prior and the Rough Riders were in a dire financial situation.

Trawick patrolled the lines in Montreal, and broke the CFL colour barrier

August 8, 2018 | Chris O'Leary
Trawick was the first African-American player to suit up in the CFL. His transition to a new country was ultimately successful and came at the same time that Jackie Robinson was playing with the ...

Hughes preaches importance of inclusion from personal experiences

August 8, 2018 | Chris O'Leary
“My parents did everything they could to help me play football. That included going down to the pawn shop and pawning off some things to be able to afford for registration for me to play. They ...

How Joey Moss worked his way to become an Edmonton legend

August 8, 2018 | Chris O'Leary
Through all of those years spent in locker rooms and all of the brushes with fame that came with it — people in both organizations have said for years that Joey is the most famous person in ...

In an era of systemic racism, Bright found acceptance in Canada

August 8, 2018 | Chris O'Leary
Bright, a Heisman candidate that year, took to the field and history unfolded. He was targeted on the first play of the game, taking a forearm to the jaw after he’d handed off the ball. The bone ...

Buono chose sports over trouble, and never looked back

August 8, 2018 | Chris O'Leary
Like many first-generation immigrants, the Buonos’ start to their life in Canada was a hard one. Wally was nine when his father, a construction worker, died in his sleep. It took his mother years ...

After playing career, Hopkins has shifted impact to schools

August 8, 2018 | Chris O'Leary
When Hopkins got to the CFL in 2010, launching a seven-year career that saw the defensive tackle go from Winnipeg to Montreal to a Grey Cup-winning team in Ottawa, he knew he wanted to lend his ...

Custis threw down the foundation as CFL’s first black quarterback

August 8, 2018 | Chris O'Leary
Custis was the league’s first black quarterback. Sixty-seven years after that one season under centre, he’s the one to have walked through a game-changing door. His spirit of breaking down ...

Khan relishes chance to educate teammates on his faith, culture

August 8, 2018 | Chris O'Leary
Over the course of his nine-year career, it would be the first of many of these conversations. A first-generation Canadian of Pakistani descent, Khan was often the only East Indian player on his ...