Saturday was a great day to catch some football at Mosaic.
No, not Rider football. They’re off until June 30th.
The Queen City Blitz was held at the home of the Riders on Saturday, this being the inaugural flag football tournament started by Special Olympics Saskatchewan.
Several Rider players turned up, including Charleston Hughes and Jerome Messam.
Also participating was Mike McGuire, who was on the planning committee for the event.
“The thing with Special Olympics is it’s known as a feel good organization,” he said. “What a lot of people don’t realize, and once they do they tend to get more involved, that Special Olympics is also an organization takes care of physical and mental health for these athletes. When you find that what you’re doing not only makes someone feel good but could save their life, it becomes a lot easier to get people to sign on.”
That was a sentiment also shared by Chelsea Fidler, the Director of Marketing and Development for Special Olympics Saskatchewan, who said gathering people around a unifying thread like football and around this event itself was important.
“We truly feel that by giving back to our athletes that people were able to participate, but also know that their time and money were going to something truly worthwhile,” she said.
In terms of the event itself?
“I can only imagine what it’s like to be a Saskatchewan Roughrider on that field,” McGuire said with a laugh. “Even if you didn’t know how to play flag football, you learned and you had fun.”
For more information, visit the Special Olympics Saskatchewan website.