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HWDSB Athletes and Coaches Honoured at Ticats Night of Champions Dinner

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HWDSB Athletes and Coaches Honoured at Ticats Night of Champions Dinner

ticats mentorship program logoOn October 25, 2022, Hamilton Tiger-Cats celebrated community contributors at its Night of Champions Dinner. The celebration is part of the team’s High School Mentorship Program, which involves Ticats players visiting participating high school football teams during two practices and one game. These players assist coaches with drills while providing leadership and character development to the student-athletes.

Thanks to a Stelco partnership, the High School Mentorship Program has now expanded to allow five $2,000 scholarships to be presented to five local students. Two HWDSB student-athletes, along with a pair of coaches, were praised for their efforts at the Night of Champions Dinner.

Kyle Mann of Dundas Valley Secondary School (DVSS) is one HWDSB student who took home a scholarship from Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Stelco. The Made in the Hammer Award recognizes student-athletes that embody commitment, leadership, community service, sportsmanship, and a heart of steel. Mike Samson of DVSS was also recognized with a Build-It-Better Coach of the Week Award, which is given to high school football coaches who have made a difference in the lives of their players.

Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School (SWC) was also represented at the event, as Maleek Pryce took home a Chuck Ealey Black & Gold Award. This honour is presented to Black student-athletes that exemplify the undefeated spirit of its namesake through commitment, equity, community, respect, and sportsmanship. SWC’s Chris Kusmirski was also presented with a Build-It-Better Coach of the Week Award thanks to his leadership, hard work, and dedication that is on constant display.

Judging by the social media posts from DVSS and SWC, both school communities are extremely proud of the award winners. HWDSB would also like to congratulate all those honoured at the Night of Champions Dinner! Thank you to Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Stelco for recognizing the inspiring efforts of these student-athletes and coaches.

Updated on Friday, October 28, 2022.
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