The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Monday, the return of the High School Mentorship Program powered by Stelco.
As part of the Program, Ticats players will visit each participating high school and work with the school’s football team for two practices and one game, helping the coaches with drills and providing the student athletes with leadership and character development.
“We are very proud of our players for participating in such an important initiative for our community and our organization,” said Courtney Stephen, Director of Community Partnerships, Hamilton Sports Group. “The High School Mentorship Program has become a staple of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and we’re extremely grateful that our partners at Stelco have helped us make this program what it is today.”
The 2023 program begins this Monday, August 28 when Simoni Lawrence visits Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School. Westmount Secondary School, Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School, St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic Secondary School and Waterdown District High School are also among the first school visits this year with Duke Williams, Sean Thomas Erlington, Dylan Wynn and Jameer Thurman attending each school respectively.
In addition to the leadership provided by Ticats players, Stelco has provided a total of five bursaries that will be awarded to local student athletes to help them take the next step into post-secondary education. The winners will be recognized at the Ticats Night of Champions dinner at Tim Hortons Field later this year.
“The partnership between Stelco and the Tiger-Cats provides an unparalleled opportunity for Hamilton youth to learn the value of leadership, service and sportsmanship directly from players who have succeeded at the highest levels,” said Trevor Harris, Vice President Corporate Affairs for Stelco. “Through the bursary program, we at Stelco are very proud to recognize students that exemplify these values and we are excited to see them become leaders at the next level while pursuing their post-secondary education.”
Chuck Ealey Black & Gold Award
In alignment with Stelco’s commitment to the BlackNorth Initiative, this bursary recognizes two black student athletes who exemplify the undefeated spirit of Chuck Ealey through commitment, equity, community, respect and sportsmanship.
Made In The Hammer Award
This award recognizes three student athletes that embody Hamilton Sports Group and Stelco’s values of commitment, leadership, community service, sportsmanship and a heart of steel.
CLICK HERE to nominate someone for a scholarship, or to apply to the Tiger-Cats High School Mentorship Program.