Wednesday, May 9, 2018 — TORONTO – The Toronto Argonauts Football Club, in partnership with the Canadian Safe School Network, is proud to celebrate the conclusion of the 17th year of the Huddle Up Bullying Prevention Program, presented by Tim Hortons, with the club’s annual Huddle Up Leadership Committee Summit on Wednesday, May 9, at MLSE LaunchPad.

“The Huddle Up Bullying Prevention Summit celebrates all the hard work that the various student-led committees have done in the past year,” said Jason Colero, Director, Education, Community & Alumni Programs at Toronto Argonauts. “Today marks 17 years of success and we look forward to continuing to help youth and teachers address and overcome bullying in their schools.”

The Huddle Up Leadership Committee Summit will unite Argonauts players and cheerleaders with high school and elementary students who attended a Huddle Up presentation during the 2017-18 academic year. Argonauts players who played an integral role in the Huddle Up Program and will be in attendance at this year’s summit include Matt Black, Jamal Campbell, Declan Cross, Tyler Holmes, Cleyon Laing, Shawn Lemon, Nakas Onyeka.

“We value the 12 years of our partnership with the Huddle Up program, which continues to make a difference in the lives of so many young people in our community,” said Chris Wakefield, Regional Marketing & Sponsorships Lead at Tim Hortons. “It is always great to see the youth that the Argonauts have worked with throughout the school year come together to share in bullying prevention strategies and activities.”

The Leadership Committee Summit is an exciting opportunity for students from different schools to share an end-of-year celebration with Argos players, cheerleaders and staff. The day's programming includes an opportunity for committees to share ideas, an information session for teachers hosted by PrevNET, a number of team-building exercises for the committees' students and lunch provided by Pizza Pizza for everyone participating.

This year’s summit will feature keynote speaker, Matt Black, who will share his story of growing up in the same building of which the MLSE LaunchPad was built.


WHAT:              Toronto Argonauts Huddle Up Leadership Committee Summit
DATE:              Wednesday, May 9
TIME:               10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION:      MLSE LaunchPad
                          259 Jarvis St., Toronto ON M5B 2C2
PLAYERS:        Matt Black, Jamal Campbell, Declan Cross, Tyler Holmes, Cleyon Laing, Shawn Lemon, Nakas Onyeka


About the Toronto Argonauts Huddle Bullying Prevention Program:
The Huddle Up Bullying Prevention Program, presented by Tim Hortons, has been in place for 17 years to improve the lives of GTA students by providing them with knowledge and tactics to eradicate bullying and promote healthy, inclusive relationships. Toronto Argonauts players and cheerleaders have proudly worked with program staff to make a positive difference in the lives of Toronto-area youth since 2001. Since 2009, the Huddle Up program has been recognized by the Ministry of Education's Registry of Bullying Prevention Programs. The Argonauts are the only Canadian professional sports franchise to earn this recognition.

About MLSE

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) one of the world's premier sports and entertainment companies, owns the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), Toronto Raptors (NBA), Toronto FC, Toronto Argonauts (CFL), Toronto Marlies (AHL), Raptors 905 (NBA D-League), and TFC II (USL). MLSE also owns Raptors Uprising Gaming Club, the Toronto Raptors esports franchise in the NBA 2K League, MLSE Foundation and MLSE LaunchPad, its charitable arms and MLSE Live, its live entertainment brand. It owns and operates Air Canada Centre, Maple Leaf Square, two digital channels - Leafs Nation Network and NBA TV Canada and has a partnership with Live Nation - the biggest concert promoter in the world. MLSE has also invested in and operates five of Toronto's sports facilities - Ricoh Coliseum, BMO Field, BMO Training Grounds at Downsview Park, home of Toronto FC's Academy and the First Team's practice facility, BioSteel Centre, the Toronto Raptors’ training facility and the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence, the practice facility for the Maple Leafs and Marlies.

Charzie Abendanio PR Specialist, Communications at MLSE
Jacob Dearlove Manager, Communications & Content at Toronto Argonauts Football Club