When the Concordia Stingers take to the football field to battle the Bishop’s Gaiters in the 30th annual Shrine Bowl on Saturday afternoon, they’ll be looking to win the game but they’ll also be conscious of the fact that they can make a difference off the field.
Stinger head coach Mickey Donovan took six of his players to the Shriners Hospital for Children – Canada today for a press conference to promote the game. While at the hospital several Concordia and Bishop’s players visited the young patients.
“This is what it's all about,” said third-year linebacker Yamil Slim after his hospital tour. “It’s about giving back and spreading positive energy to kids who need it the most. Not that they needed it, really. They put a smile on my face as much as I did theirs.”
“Visiting these children really puts life into perspective,” adds senior defensive end Andrew Barlett. “This weekend we are playing more than just a game. This is about helping out children. These children are an inspiration for us all!”
Joining Donovan at the hospital were: offensive guard Maurice Bibaku, linebacker Tristan Rochette, defensive tackle Mike Sanelli, centre Marc-Antoine Sévigny, Slim and Barlett.
A portion of the proceeds from the game will go toward purchasing equipment for the hospital. Since its inception in 1987, the Shrine Bowl has raised $942,000.
The hospital provides world-class care to children from across Canada. The staff treats children with a host of orthopaedic and neuromusculoskeletal disorders in a family-focused environment.
The game will be played Saturday at Concordia stadium, located at 7200 Sherbrooke St. W. Kickoff is 2 p.m.