Winnipeg – Another 10 thousand dollars in donations have been added to the coffers of the Oak Park Raiders of the Winnipeg High School Football League. The team lost all of it’s equipment to a fire at it’s practice field on the weekend.
The Winnipeg Football Team has donated 5 thousand dollars, and that total has been matched by President and CEO Wade Miller. In addition, the Blue Bombers equipment suppliers- Gilman Football Gear- has contributed $1,000 in equipment to ensure the team gets the equipment needed for the rest of their season.
“The Winnipeg Football Club is committed to amateur football in our province through both Blue Bombers futures programs which provides mentorship and training from our coaches and players, as well as the financial support through our 50/50 program,” said Wade Miller in a team news release. “We were upset to hear about the equipment being destroyed, and we hope this will help them recover what was lost, while also strengthening the varsity football team.”
Former Raider Andrew Harris was joined by Blue Bomber team mates Stanley Bryant, Jermarcus Hardrick, and Justin Medlock to make the “surprise” donation and delivery of equipment from Investors Group Field during the Oak Park practice on Thanksgiving Monday.
“I’m grateful to be able to do my small part in assisting the Oak Park Raiders football program with this donation. I was fortunate to have played all my football in the province from high school at Sturgeon Creek, to the University of Manitoba, to the Blue Bombers and understand the impact football has on our youth,” said Miller.”I’m proud to have supported amateur football over past twenty years both personally and through my other businesses with support of outstanding business partners.”