Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

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

The 20th Laurier Football Dinner held at the beautiful Lazaridis School of Business & Economics on April 27th was a great success. Thank you to Master of Ceremonies Mike Hogan who did a fantastic job! Also, thank you to Sportsnet Hosts Sid Seixeiro & Donnovan Bennett who had the room engaged and laughing during their segment. The evening was capped off by us honouring the first inductee into Legends of Laurier Football (Laurier Football Hall of Fame) Legendary Coach Gary Jeffries. Please take the time to check out the videos and photos from the terrific night: 

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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 thrilled with our 2019 recruiting class and last week we unveiled it through our #TakeFlight2019 recruiting show. Please take a look to see the full class announced, which includes: player interviews, film sessions and recruiting class analysis. The video can be found here: https://laurierfootball.com/2019/04/18/video-takeflight2019-recruiting-class-introduced/

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Left: WR Kurleigh Gittens Jr., Right: Stength & Conditioning Coach Jesse Collins (Photo by Rossy Pasternak/Laurier Football).

Ten Golden Hawks Participating in CFL Regional and National Combines This Week

Ten Laurier Golden Hawk Football players will be participating in the Regional and National CFL Combines this week.

The Regional Combine is taking place in Toronto on Thursday, March 21st, including some of the best players from the OUA. Participants will have their official measurements taken, and participate in speed, strength, and conditioning tests. The players will then take part in competitive positional one-on-one drills. Eight Golden Hawks will be participating Thursday, including:

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— This article was taken from bpssportsniagara.com, written by Bernie Puchalski. The original article can be found HERE —

Holy Cross graduate Mario Villamizar has been invited to attend a regional CFL draft combine in Toronto. Photos by PETER METHNER.

It’s a moment Mario Villamizar had been working towards for a long, long time.

In early January, the 24-year-old St. Catharines native received an e-mail inviting him to attend the Canadian Football League’s Ontario Regional Combine March 21 in Toronto.

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Photo taken original article on laurierathletics.com

Laurier Grads Soar is a multi-part series that returns for it’s third installment during the 2018-19 season. The segment features former Wilfrid Laurier University athletes and student-leaders in the Athletics and Recreation Department, and the success they have enjoyed since leaving Laurier. Written by award-winning journalist David Grossman, different features will be released throughout the year that will emphasize the role Athletics and Recreation played in helping them achieve success.

— This article first appeared on laurierathletics.com. The original posting of the article can be found HERE

Jahmeeks Beckford: Support Worker, Carizon Family and Community Services

When Jahmeeks Beckford was a young football player, some of his biggest tackles and challenges were certainly not on the gridiron.

Beckford struggled with reading and writing, figured he had some kind of learning disability, and it bothered him. He grew up in a low-income area and found ways to mix with good people but some, he remembers, had made bad choices.

When many of his school and athletic buddies graduated from high school and moved on to Wilfrid Laurier University, Beckford, despite some heavy effort academically, just didn’t have the grades to follow them.

There was antipathy and a deep feeling of resentment, but rather than throw in the towel, deep down, he had a flash of hope. Beckford chose to do something about it.

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