The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have worked closely with Quarterback Dane Evans to create Play It Forward presented by LiUNA. This program will give hundreds of Indigenous youth from Six Nations of the Grand River, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, and the local Hamilton community an opportunity to come to Tim Hortons Field to enjoy a Tiger-Cats’ home game with special pre-game sideline access during warm-ups!
Play It Forward Day is a special event where Dane Evans invites 100 youth to Tim Hortons Hortons Field for an evening of fun games and activities on the field with other Ticats players. Transportation to and from the stadium is provided for all of the youth.
Read more below.
Dane 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 20 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.