Football 101 with the Argos

I’ve always loved watching sports and follow the NHL, NBA and MLB on a regular basis. Yet, I have to admit, I don’t know as much about the CFL. Of course, most people have heard of the Grey Cup….. but there’s a lot more to the sport than that!

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I was thrilled to win tickets to “Football 101 for Women” from a local radio station. This event was in conjunction with the CFL Pink campaign which raised funds for women’s cancers. Guests were treated to a VIP experience before an Argos regular season game.

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Upon arrival, we received swag bags (including a pink Argo’s t-shirt!) before indulging in food and drinks.

A brief overview of the CFL’s history was first provided to us by Jason Colero, the Director for Education Programs and Argos Foundation. Former Argos players Jerome Davis, Jordan Younger and Chuck Winters then spoke to us about the game of football. It was interesting to hear how the offense, defense and special teams work with one another (as well as how they jokingly thought they were the most important part of the roster!)

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No question was too silly and it was a friendly and welcoming learning environment.

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Here I am demonstrating offense with a few other willing volunteers.

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We even got to see the team practicing before game time!

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After posing with my friend, Jordan Younger was kind enough to let her try on his Grey Cup ring!

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My personal highlight was definitely getting a chance to walk on the sidelines before the game. A thrilling experience!

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At the conclusion of our Football 101 session, attendees also watched the game from club seats.

Unfortunately, the Argos won’t have the chance to defend their Grey Cup title after losing to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday. However, check out the team’s website for more events to be held during the off season; they are Toronto’s most community-focused team and regularly take part in a number of initiatives!

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