Laurier Football – July 2021

Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

This newsletter is brought to you by our great friends and the best movers, AMJ Campbell.

Laurier Golden Hawks football is back this fall! We are thrilled to say these words and even though it is going to be a slightly condensed schedule, it is something we are all craving after the long year of no football. Our players, coaches, and staff will report to Training Camp on September 2nd and our first day on the field will be the day after on Friday, September 3rd. This timing will allow us 6 days of a traditional training camp of roughly 4 hours a day on the field before the student athletes begin classes on September 9th.

The OUA regular season will begin on Saturday, September 18th and all 11 teams will have six regular season games and a bye week. There is limited cross-province travel as teams in the far East like Ottawa and Carleton will never travel West of Toronto and teams in the far West like Windsor and Western will never travel East of Guelph. This will allow all road trips to be day trips and avoid having teams stay in hotels.  At the conclusion of the regular season, eight teams will make the playoffs. The top 4 in the East and the top 4 in the West, with East & West Champions meeting in the Yates Cup on Saturday, November 20th. The Yates Cup Champion will host the AUS Champion on November 27th and the Vanier Cup will played in Quebec City at Laval on Saturday, December 4th.

Full 6-game schedule and article: https://oua.ca/news/2021/6/29/football-oua-announces-football-schedule-for-2021-season.aspx

We are receiving many questions about Homecoming and if fans will be allowed at any of the games this fall. What we do know is that Homecoming will be the Saturday, September 25th game vs. Waterloo, but we do not know if fans will or will not be allowed at that game or the other two home games at this time. No decision have been made – as soon as we know, you will know.

More Laurier Football Headlines:

·         Legends of Laurier Football

o   We recently honoured our 2021 Legends of Laurier Football virtually through our Laurier Football social media platforms. Once again, we want to congratulate the inductees – you truly are legendary Golden Hawks!

This years inductees include:

1960’s – Doug Strong

1970’s – Jim Reid

1980’s – Alex Troop

1990’s – Bill Kubas

2000’s – Ian Logan

2010’s – Kwaku Boateng

Lifetime: Coach Rich Newbrough

Lifetime: Coach David “Tuffy” Knight

“Country Roads” Coach Knight & Coach Newbrough

To watch their acceptance speeches, click HERE

         2021 Adopt-A-Hawk Campaign

o   With us back to playing and with a year of no fundraising we are in great need of a very successful 2021 Adopt-A-Hawk Campaign. Our team goal is to raise $40,000 and members of the program have been asked to have $300 next to their name.

o   At the time of writing this we have had 26 donors and have raised $4,985

o   If you are interested in Adopting a Golden Hawk player that is greatly appreciated and we can find the right match for you (hometown, position, any player in need, etc.)

o   All proceeds stay directly in the football program. To donate please visit link below and notice that donor names are updated on the website weekly.

o   https://www.laurieralumni.ca/s/1681/15/adoptahawk-interior.aspx?sid=1681&gid=2&pgid=1565

·         Beyond February

o   Our series celebrating many of the terrific black student athletes we have had in the history of our football program continues. Every month on the 29th day, please check out our Laurier Football social media outlets for these features.

o   Beyond February to date:

§  March 29th – Roan Kane

§  April 29th – Chris Redguard

§  May 29th – Mark Miles-Levene

§  June 29th – Gerry Smith

Summer Training & OTA’s

o   Now that we are out of lockdown and able to get together in person we have loaded up our on field opportunities. The team is on the field every Tuesday and Thursday evenings for team runs with Strength & Conditioning Coach Jesse Collins. Then every Sunday evening we have positional skill sessions.

o   The Waterloo Region remains in phase 1 until Monday, July 12th, so we have been allowed to divide the field into 4 quads with 10 players in each. We are excited about entering into Phase 2 as the season is less than two months away.

o   We have also scheduled an OTA (Organized Team Activity) for one weekend in every month of the summer. Amazingly our first OTA on June 26th & 27th we had 78 players take part in the two days of practices.

     Kwaku Boateng Camp & Donation

o   Well done Kwaku – you continue to be amazing to the K/W community!

o   Kwaku ran a local football camp for pass rushers on Sunday, June 27th and in typical giving back and caring about the community fashion he donated $1,000 to the local Food Bank

Courtney Stephen Retires

o   Congratulations to Courtney on his retirement. A standout DB at Laurier, Northern Illinois, and in the CFL and an even better person off the field.

o   Here is his retirement post:

  Jamie Howieson – Thank you!

o   Thank you & Congratulations to Jamie and his family as he begins a new chapter and journey on the West Coast, becoming the Marketing and Communications Strategist for the UBC Okanagan, Department of Athletics and Recreation.

o   https://www.laurierathletics.com/createarticle.php?ID=10840

CFL Season – August 5th

o   Good luck to the close to 20 Laurier Football Alumni who are currently in their CFL cities quarantining and about to start CFL Training Camp.

o   The CFL season starts Thursday, August 5th when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Please Stay Well & Go Hawks Go!

Michael​

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