Saskatchewan Roughriders Alumni Association
2015 is set to be another exciting year for the Saskatchewan Roughrider Alumni.
The New Year started off with our 2nd Annual Alumni Cruise. This year we ventured on the Celebrity Reflection and set sail out of Miami, Florida on February 28th to discover the Western Caribbean. Stops were Cozumel, Mexico, Georgetown, Grand Cayman,
Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Labadee, Haiti. The weather was perfect, the food was spectacular!! We had a blast!! Even some added adventure: our ship was called on to rescue a sinking life raft with 10 Cubans trying to get to the US coast.
In March the Rider Alumni launched our first “Rider Alumni Football Academy” in conjunction with Regina Minor Football. We held two hour sessions each Sunday in March, had 45 high school athletes and we focused on drills and techniques for Offensive and Defensive line. This will be the start of an annual contribution to Minor Football and give Rider Alumni the opportunity to influence the quality of the game.
Also in March, Jim Hopson decided to step down as CEO of the Roughrider Football Club. His successor is Craig Reynolds, an inside guy who’s been with the Club for six years acting as CFO. Craig is an excellent fit for his position and has had the benefit of working with Jim through those years. Jim gave us an amazing run through his 10 years and will be missed. Although the Alumni are excited to have Jim as a full time Alumni
and expect his contributions to be significant!!
On May 22nd, the Medicine Hat Golf and Country Club hosted the 16th Annual CFLAA Golf Classic; proceeds went to the United Way. Another sold-out event, great attendance by Alumni from the Riders, Eskimos, Stampeders and Bombers. The Grey Cup even showed!! Great event as always.
The Alumni have been busy getting our Flag Ship events organized. July 6th, The Royal Regina Golf Club will host “The 22nd Annual Roughrider Charity
Golf Classic.” On September 23rd, Dakota Dunes Gold Links, in Saskatoon, will host “The 3rd Annual Roughrider Alumni Charity Autumn Classic. October 17th
Grant Hall in Moose Jaw will host “The 3rd Annual Roughrider Alumni Charity Whiskey and Wine Festival. We fully expect to sell out each of these events
so we can continue supporting the many charities we partner with.
It’s June and training camps have started. The Roughriders will be holding camp in Saskatoon again this year, at the University of Saskatchewan facilities.
Coach Chamblin, excited about the experience after last year, decided to do it again. Saskatoon gets an early buzz on football, great for Riderville North.
Excitement around the new stadium continues as it begins to take on real form and gives us a sense of what it will look and feel like. The Rider Alumni have been in discussions with the Roughrider Football Club about Alumni presence in the new stadium and having a quality space we can call ours. It’s looking good.
In closing, another Roughrider Alumni football legend, Ray Elgaard, will be inducted into the Gridiron Greats Hall of Fame on June 12th!!! The Hall of Fame
Dinner will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Silverton Casino and Hotel. A Great Big Congrats Ray!!!
Lets Make 2015 Memorable!!!
Terry Bulych Saskatchewan Roughriders Alumni President