Tiger-Cats and HWDSB Launch “Our Cup, Our Community” Education Program

Hamilton Tiger-Cats press release November 2, 2021


Six-week classroom program to focus on important social issues and an introduction to the incredible game of Canadian football

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats Football Club and the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board have collectively launched a six-week classroom education program, “Our Cup, Our Community – Lessons and Stories from the Canadian Football League.” which will address important social issues and the benefits of physical literacy, while introducing students to the unique brand of Canadian football and football history.

The program, which runs from Monday November 1 to Monday December 6, is aimed at students in grades 4-6 and is aimed at both teachers and students with no prior football knowledge. It will peak just before 108e Gray Cup game on December 12 at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton.

“Our goal is for these students to learn more about Canadian football and its history across the country, while starting meaningful conversations with them about physical literacy, diversity, equity and inclusion,” said said Courtney Stephen, director of community partnerships for the Hamilton Tiger. Cats. “This collaborative effort with the HWDSB is an exciting part of our community programming for this year’s Gray Cup festivities, and by the time it is over, students will be ready to watch the big game here in Hamilton in December.

The teacher of each participating class will be able to download an educational kit that includes a lesson plan with instructions and activity plans, links to short educational videos and printable worksheets. Learning objectives and program highlights include:

  • Welcome to the CFL– An introduction to each of the nine CFL teams.
  • What is a Tiger-Cat anyway? “- Where does the name ‘Tiger-Cats’ come from.
  • Gray Cup– A Gray Cup story.
  • Studying Greatness: Chuck Ealey”- A story about courage and self-confidence.
  • Studying Greatness: John MacDonald”- A story about accepting and celebrating your identity.
  • Off the field– Spotlight on some of the prominent women in the CFL, including:
    • Nicole Demers: Director of Customer Loyalty and Group Sales, Hamilton Tiger-Cats (current)
    • Claire Toffelmire: Chief Athletic Therapist, Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Current)
    • Kirsten Grohs: Football Administration Manager, Atlanta Falcons (Alumni)
    • Kayla-Marie Tracy: Host / Reporter CP24 (Alumni)

“Our Cup, Our Community” lessons not only give students a wonderful opportunity to learn about a game close to our city’s hearts, but also inspire them to uphold the values ​​that the Hamilton Tiger-Cats continue to uphold. to display both on and off the field, ”said Manny Figueiredo, education director for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. “I am especially grateful to our HWDSB Learning Services team, who have worked tirelessly to prepare these valuable lessons with our commitment to fairness. Our students will benefit from these class discussions which “tackle” important social issues through the engaging lens of Canadian football. “

After six in-class lessons, students will also see a pre-recorded behind-the-scenes tour of Tim Hortons Field. The video will give them an overview of many areas that are typically off-limits to the general public and feature various members of the Ticats team to hear about their role in creating the Gray Cup.

Tickets for the 108e Gray Cup games are available now on Ticketmaster.ca and Ticates.ca/tickets. Fans who require additional assistance can contact a Tiger-Cats tickets representative at 905-547-2287 or by emailing tickets@ticates.ca.

Updated Tuesday, November 02, 2021.

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