For the sixth year in a row, the annual Faith and Football event will bring religion and sport together at Apple Creek Golf Course Oct. 21.
The event will see more than 10 members of the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders taking part in a dinner where they will share stories about how faith helped them and how it can inspire others.
“We see these guys everyday playing on the field all rough and tough, but to actually see them as who they are off the field and that can relate to us, is special,” said event co-ordinator Tara Arnot. “It can be inspirational to realize these are real people and not just the guys we see on the field.”
The event changed location last year, moving to the Apple Creek Golf Course clubhouse after outgrowing the former location.
Arnot said when the initial idea of Faith and Football came around in 2012, the organizers didn’t know how it would be received, but the event has become an annual staple for Airdrie.
“This time around, people are already trying to find you and asking, ‘When’s it happening this year and when can we buy tickets?’” Arnot said. “It is definitely catching on and people are enjoying it.”
As in previous years, 100 per cent of the proceeds raised throughout the evening will go to Athletes in Action Canada – an organization that hosts sport development camps ranging from beginner levels all the way to high performance, and assisting foreign organizations through international sport.
Arnot said the event continues to support the Action Canada because of the effect it has had on athletes across Canada.
Tickets can be purchased online at faithandfootball.ca for $28 a seat or $196 for a table of eight.
For more information, contact Arnot at 403-926-2871.
Included with the ticket is a full dinner plus desserts, a chance at door prizes and a silent auction, as well as the opportunity to meet some of your favourite Stampeders’ players.
Among the players that will be in attendance are Marquay McDaniel, Anthony Parker, Jamar Wall, Marken Michel and Deron Mayo.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m., which is when attendees will get the opportunity to meet and visit with the players, get their paraphanelia signed and take photos before settling down for the dinner portion of the event at 6 p.m.
“Last year was the first time we opened up early, and we found that people got a lot more pictures, autographs and one-on-one time with the players than they did opening the doors closer to dinner time,” Arnot said. “That definitely made a difference.”