The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have worked closely with quarterback Dane Evans to develop Play it Forward presented by LiUNA.
Play it Forward will provide hundreds of youth from local indigenous communities unique experiences with the Tiger-Cats, including tickets to Ticats games and mentorship opportunities with Ticats players.
Evans, who is of Wichita descent, hopes the program can inspire and empower Indigenous youth.
“My parents instilled in me the importance of paying it forward and it’s something I’ve always tried to prioritize, specifically with the youth.” Said Dane Evans, quarterback for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. “I hope the kids come out, have a great time and they too can realize the importance of paying it forward, regardless of who you are or how successful you may be.”
Play it Forward presented by LiUNA will provide 40 tickets for indigenous youth to attend each of the Ticats’ nine home games with sideline access during pre-game to watch warm-up.
“LiUNA is proud to partner with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to present the Play It Forward program in strong support of our indigenous communities. The program will advance opportunities and provide unique local experiences for hundreds of indigenous youth, inspiring and empowering through the power of sport.” Said Joseph Mancinelli, LiUNA International Vice-President & Regional Manager of Central & Eastern Canada. “On behalf of LiUNA we know firsthand how important mentorship is in strengthening opportunities for youth, eliminating barriers to reach their full potential and building strong, inclusive communities. We look forward to kicking off the program and welcoming you to the stadium together with Dane Evans and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats!”
The program also includes Play it Forward Day on July 5, where Evans will invite 100 youth from indigenous communities to Tim Hortons Field for a day full of fun activities and games on the field as well as the opportunity to interact with Evans and his Ticats teammates. Transportation to and from the event and a Play It Forward t-shirt will be provided for all the youth who attend.
To learn more about Play it Forward, please visit ticats.ca/PlayItFoward