Calgary Stampeder Alumni Association
GOLF TOURNAMENT: The 26th annual Stampeder Alumni Golf Tournament is scheduled for a beautiful sunny Monday July 20th at Country Hills Golf Club.
The tournament is presented by longtime sponsor Tammy Truman – Co-operators, Truman Insurance Agency with the event raising money for the Calgary Children’s Foundation and the Shouldice Fields Enhancement Project. The tournament always sells out with 225 golfers in attendance and 45 members of the Calgary Stampeder Alumni play in the tournament and enjoy a day of camaraderie with former teammates new and old while fostering new friendships with fans and sponsors of the Red and White. The Stampeder Alumni members each host a five-some on the golf course.
The Stampeder Alumni Association is pleased to have contributed to Greater Calgary Amateur Football Association and the Shouldice Fields Athletic Project. The project has now received the sufficient funds to complete the Project.
Thanks to the fund raising efforts of the GCAFA and to the City of Calgary for its efforts to procure funding through the Alberta Community Partnership grant (the “ACP Grant”), there are now sufficient funds to complete the Project. The ACP grant, valued at $5.69M, will enable the construction of new multi-sport user and spectator amenities in the Project’s plaza, including multi sport locker rooms, accessible public washrooms, player drop-off zones, improved pedestrian connections, landscaping and lighting. The plaza will also include provisions for food trucks during high-volume spectator events.
The GCAFA initiated the Project back in 2006 in response to an urgent need for amateur football fields in Calgary, artificial turf fields in particular. The GCAFA approached the City with its vision and after much hard work and efforts by many; this vision is becoming a reality. Phase 1 of the Project included the construction of three artificial turf fields in 2009. Development of the Plaza (Phase 2) began in the summer 2014 and is being extended to include the full build-out of the user and spectator amenities described above.
Designated by City of Calgary Council as the home of amateur football in Calgary in 1986, Shouldice Athletic Park serves an estimated 6,000 football players of all ages and skill levels and is home to several other sport leagues and events.
“We want to thank our many contributors and sponsors and the Calgary football community for making this Project a reality,” says Greg Peterson, President of the GCAFA. “We believe the completion of the Project will make Shouldice Athletic Park the premium football and sports facility in Canada for amateur football and other sports,” added Greg.
“After 8 years of hard work and perseverance, it is a relief and exciting to finish the Project,” says Tony Spoletini, Vice President of the GCAFA. “Shouldice Park will be the flagship athletic park to host national competitions and events.”
“I hope the future users of this facility will appreciate the hard work and efforts by many to build this Project,” says Daun Daum, Vice President of the GCAFA. “This project signifies the successful partnership and the collective efforts of many to build a first class facility for minor sports.”
SAD NEWS: The Calgary Stampeder family and indeed football fans across the country were saddened to hear of the passing of former Stampeder great Wayne Harris. Harris, 77 passed away on June 4 in Calgary. One of the most formidable linebackers in the history of the CFL, Harris played for the Stamps for 12 seasons (1961-72). He was a CFL all-star eight times and a member of the Stampeders 1971 Grey Cup championship team. The Hampton, Arkansas native was named to the CFL Hall of Fame in 1976 and was one of the inaugural nominees to the Stampeders Wall of Fame in 1985. In 2012, Harris was chosen to represent the Stampeders on a stamp that was part of Canada Post’s 100th Grey Cup anniversary series.
On May 29, the Stampeders also announced the passing of Jane Mawby. Mawby was a member of the Stampeders family for 28 years, most recently serving in the role as Director of Football Administration. She worked with six head coaches and six general managers during her time with the Red and White and the Stampeders won five Grey Cup championships in that period.