Laurier Football – August 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.

We are just over 3 weeks away from the OUA regular season and our home opener against the York Lions! There is lots of excitement building in and around the program as we are finally back to doing what we absolutely love this fall.

This summer we have been very busy and we are constantly building momentum as a team. Every Monday we have meetings, Tuesday & Thursday’s the players have team runs and conditioning sessions, and every Sunday evening we have practiced. On top of that, once a month we have run an OTA (Organized Team Activity) weekend where we have had roughly 85-90 players come back into town for two-days of practices. We have the interesting combination of roughly half the locker room having never experiences a U Sports training camp and then half the locker room who are veterans, but all with a year off football. It all adds up to what looks like a very fun and competitive training camp starting September 2nd.

More Laurier Football Headlines:

·         Coaching Staff Additions

o   We are thrilled with the additions of Marcello Simmons, Matt Sparks, and Trevaughan James to our coaching staff for the 2021 season.

o   https://www.laurierathletics.com/createarticle.php?ID=10870

·         4th Annual Gary Jeffries Golf Tournament

o   Thank you to Legendary Coach Gary Jeffries and his tournament organizers for another successful golf tournament where $2,500 was raised towards the “Gary Jeffries Scholarship” fund – supporting a Laurier Football student athlete who demonstrates leadership, academic success & community engagement.

o   A few of many of the great photos from the day:

Laurier Football Town Hall – Tuesday, September 14th 8:30pm

o   Please save the date as we will have a virtual Laurier Football Town Hall Meeting and will give a live update of what everyone can expect as we enter the season.

o   More details to follow as we get closer to the date

·         Covid-19 Vaccinations required at Laurier

o   Laurier was one of several Ontario Universities to make vaccines mandatory over the last few weeks.

o   To date – all 11 football playing schools in this province have made it mandatory.

o   https://www.wlu.ca/news/news-releases/2021/aug/wilfrid-laurier-university-to-require-covid-19-vaccinations.html

·         The Food Bank of Waterloo Region

o   Thank you to our players, coaches, and staff who together donated 144lbs or the equivalent of 115 meals to the local food bank.

·         2021 Adopt-A-Hawk Campaign

o   Thank you to all that have donated towards our 2021 Adopt-A-Hawk Campaign! Amazingly as I am writing this newsletter, we have had 188 donors and raised 90% of our team goal of $40,000.

o   We still have several players that could use your help to reach their own individual goal of $300. If you would like me to help you find a player that matches your needs please email me mfaulds@wlu.ca

o   To donate: 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

§  July 29th – Ray Wilson

·         Get to know Student Athlete Ayo Ajayi

o   A fantastic feature on defensive back Ayo Ajayi who impresses all of his teammates and coaches daily on and off the field.

o   https://www.laurierathletics.com/createarticle.php?ID=10862

Please Stay Well & Go Hawks Go!

Michael​

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