For the second straight year, the Argos will host a pair of Pink Shirt Day assemblies as part of the Huddle Up program. Argos fullback Declan Cross will begin the day by visiting St. Francis of Assisi in Mississauga and will be followed by defensive end Shawn Lemon joining Leslieville Junior Public School in Toronto during the afternoon.
**Due to school regulations, media wishing to attend any in-school events must contact the Toronto Argonauts Communications Department in advance.**
SCHOOL: St. Francis of Assisi
DATE: February 28, 2018
TIME: 9:30 a.m.
ADDRESS: 2480 Thorn Lodge Drive, Mississauga, ON
PLAYER: Declan Cross
SCHOOL: Leslieville Junior Public School
DATE: February 28, 2018
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
ADDRESS: 254 Leslie Street, Toronto, ON, M4M 3C9
PLAYER: Shawn Lemon
These players will share impactful personal stories with elementary school-aged youth and will sport a pink shirt to endorse the internationally-recognized movement in support of bullying prevention in schools, communities and online.
In addition to the players and cheerleaders attending Pink Shirt Day, the students will get the chance to see the Grey Cup at this year’s assemblies.
For media wishing to attend either assembly, please RSVP no later than 8:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 27, by emailing Jacob Dearlove at email@example.com.
ABOUT THE HUDDLE UP BULLYING PREVENTION PROGRAM, presented by TIM HORTONS
In 16 years, the Huddle Up Bullying Prevention Program, presented by Tim Hortons, has reached over 600,000 students with messages to prevent bullying. In now it’s 17th year, the program has continued to address the issues surrounding bullying while adding a focus on improving the well-being of students in GTA schools. Argos players, staff, and cheerleaders share personal stories that encourage, embrace and celebrate diversity and inclusion with the goal of helping inspire students to build positive character, self-awareness and a positive sense of belonging.
ABOUT PINK SHIRT DAY
“Pink Shirt Day” is a North American-wide movement that works to mobilize students and adults to wear pink in a show of solidarity for bullying prevention efforts. Travis Price, then a grade 12 student in Nova Scotia, stood up for a grade 9 student who was targeted and bullied for wearing a pink t-shirt on his first day of school. Price and his classmate David Shepherd decided to purchase 50 pink shirts to wear to school the next day. When other classmates joined in, they realized that bullying only has power if no one stands up against it, and so a movement was born. Millions of people across the continent now take part in Pink Shirt Day annually.