Winnipeg Police and Blue Bombers Team Up for Kids
WINNIPEG, MB. – The Winnipeg Police Association has stepped up to help the Winnipeg Youth Football Club, a weekly after-school flag football program for youth in Winnipeg’s core.
The Police Association has agreed to be a presenting sponsor the Winnipeg Youth Football Club. Each week more than 200 youth from 12 different schools and organizations in Winnipeg’s central area participate. The program is run by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as part of their Blue Bomber Futures in partnership with the University of Winnipeg, Sport Manitoba, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, and Spence Neighbourhood Association.
“The Bombers are committed to supporting amateur football at every level for both flag and tackle football through Blue Bomber Futures programming,” said Wade Miller, President & CEO of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. “We look forward to working with the Winnipeg Police Association to continue to provide quality mentorship and positive interactions for youth through the Winnipeg Youth Football Club presented by the Winnipeg Police Association.”
“Both the Winnipeg Police Association and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have long, successful histories of supporting youth in the community,” said Maurice Sabourin, President, WPA. “The WPA is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Winnipeg Youth Football Club and we look forward to continuing to connect and work with inner-city youth.”
“Participation in sports is not only fun but the benefits to health and well-being are immeasurable,” added George VanMackelbergh, Vice President, WPA. “As police officers, we see the positive impact sports have on youth and we’ve experienced it in our own lives. The sport of football and all team sports impart important life lessons to young people such as teamwork, sportsmanship, goal setting and achievement – values for a good, productive and happy life.”
Former Winnipeg Blue Bombers and current Winnipeg police officers, Shawn Gallant and Errol Brown, as well as former CIS and Junior football players, will be assisting with the camps, passing on their knowledge of football and life to participating youth.
-Kevin Klein, MyToba News