Posted on November 4, 2021 at 10:34 am
Hamilton Tiger-Cats Football Club and the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board have teamed up to offer “Our Cup, Our Community – Lessons and Stories.” The Ticats say they will address important social issues and teach about the benefits of physical literacy. Students also learn about the history of football in Canada. (Image credit: Brandon Taylor / Hamilton Tiger-Cats)
Hamilton Tiger-Cats Football Club and the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board have teamed up to deliver a one-of-a-kind educational experience.
Students have embarked on a six-week educational program, Our Cup, Our Community – Lessons and Stories from the Canadian Football League. The Ticats say they will address important social issues and teach about the benefits of physical literacy. Students also learn about the history of football in Canada.
The program, which runs from November 1 to December 6, is aimed at students in grades four to six and, according to Ticats, is aimed at both teachers and students with no previous knowledge of football. The program will culminate shortly before the 108th Gray Cup game on December 12th at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton.
“Our goal is to help these students learn more about Canadian football and its history across the country while having meaningful conversations with them about physical education, diversity, justice and inclusion,” said Courtney Stephen, director of community partnerships at Hamilton Tiger cats via media release.
“This collaboration with HWDSB is an exciting part of our community program for this year’s Gray Cup celebrations, and in the end, students will be ready to see the big game here in Hamilton in December.”
The teacher of each participating class can download an educational pack that includes a lesson plan with instructions and descriptions of activities, links to short instructional videos, and printable worksheets.
The learning objectives and program highlights include:
- “Welcome to the CFL” – An introduction to each of the nine CFL teams.
- “What is a tiger cat anyway?” – Where the name ‘Tiger-Cats’ comes from.
- “Gray Cup” – A story of the gray cup.
- “Studying Greatness: Chuck Ealey” – A story about courage and self-confidence.
- “Studying Greatness: John MacDonald” – A story about hugging and celebrating your identity.
- “Off the Field” spotlight on some of the prominent women within the CFL, including:
- Nicole Demers: Director of Client Retention & Group Sales, Hamilton Tiger-Cats (current)
- Claire Toffelmire: Senior Sports Therapist, Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Current)
- Kirsten Grohs: Manager of Football Administration, Atlanta Falcons (Alumni)
- Kayla-Marie Tracy: CP24 presenter / reporter (alumni)
“The Our Cup, Our Community class not only provides students with a wonderful opportunity to learn about a game our city cares about, but it also inspires them to uphold the values that the Hamilton Tiger-Cats both enjoy on and off the field, ”said Manny Figueiredo, director of education for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, in a news release.
“I am particularly grateful to our HWDSB Learning Services team who have worked tirelessly to prepare these valuable lessons with our equity commitment. Our students will benefit from these classroom discussions, where important social issues are “approached” through the engaging lens of Canadian football. “
After six hours of class, students are shown a taped behind-the-scenes tour of Tim Hortons Field. You will see many areas that are generally closed to the public and hear from different members of the Ticats organization.
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