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A huge thank you to Myers Orléans Chev-Buick-GMC for giving two of our Myers Bengals players the opportunity to take part in the Navan Fair Parade along with Ottawa REDBLACKS Jon Gott! Our players had a great time with Jon taking part in the parade in style!
Did you know the Myers Orléans Bengals offer you the opportunity to play football until you are 18? If you are between the ages of 16 and 18 and would like to keep playing or try football for the first time, come out for our Midget practices this week at Garneau, Monday – Tuesday – Thursday, starting at 7:30 pm!
The Myers Orléans Bengals would like to sincerely thank our main sponsor, Myers Nissan, for giving our players the opportunity to meet Trevor Harris at our July 27th practice. This was an incredible opportunity for players from all of our levels to have the opportunity to ask questions to Trevor and learn more about his journey which has led him to the Ottawa REDBLACKS.
Thank you Myers Nissan!
Myers Orléans Bengals celebrate launch of 2017 Spring Camp
The Myers Orléans Bengals players, coaches, volunteers and families had a blast today at Millennium Field celebrating the launch of the 2017 Spring Camp. Alongside Ottawa REDBLACKS Zack Smith, Brendan Gillanders and of course, Big Joe, kids from all levels had the opportunity to take part in positional drills with guest coaches from the REDBLACKS, Carleton Ravens, Ottawa Gee Gees, Ottawa Sooners and special guest, Coach Marcel Bellefeuille from the BC Lions. In addition, coaches reminded our players of the investment required to ensure that our teams enjoy success on and off the field during the 2017 season.
The launch of Spring Camp represents the start of the 2017 campaign for our Myers Orléans Bengals who are two-time defending NCAFA Champions (Tykes & Mosquitos) this year. Our players and coaches were excited to finally have the opportunity to be back on the field particularly on such a beautiful Spring day. The Orléans Bengals would like to thank Coach Aldege Bellefeuille for organizing such a wonderful day for our players as well as all of the volunteers who helped make this event such a success.
Representative of the Bengals spirit, our very own Heather Godin, in a Bengals outfit, challenged Big Joe to a tackling exercise at centre field to the enjoyment of all present. To see pictures of this and other moments, view our photo album by clicking here.
Thank you DL Sports Photography for the pictures! If you would like to share additional photos with us, please do not hesitate to email them to email@example.com.
If you know of anyone who is interested in registering to play football this year, it’s not too late! Registrations are still accepted online or in-person upon request.
Football players tackle new ideas
Bengals making sport more accessible, inclusive
by Brier Dodge Orleans News
The Orléans Bengals hosted their first Youth in Sports Mental Health Summit on April 21.
While organizers hoped for more participants, they reached their goals and hosted successful sessions on how to make sports more inclusive, said Tammy Copp, program director.
She said about 22 players attended the summit, organized by the Bengals Football Club.
The day was split into two sessions, with the morning focusing on LBGTQ athletes and their families, and the afternoon discussing new Canadians who spoke about their experiences moving to Canada and joining sports teams.
“The Bengals help us to see we have a civic responsibility to make our sport as broad and as inclusive as possible,” player Tyler Greer said in his address to program participants. “So it’s really important to players that no individual or group of individuals are excluded from what the team is doing.”
Greer was one the players who encouraged the day to happen after he voiced concern that he didn’t know how to talk about Michael Sam, an openly-gay football player, and his time in the CFL, without saying something inappropriate.
“Today is about learning, not about political correctness, but really engaging and learning how we can do better, be better and achieve more together,” he told program participants.
Copp said one of the most beneficial activities included using a gingerbread man graphic that talked about the difference between sexuality, gender and expression and the correct terms to use.
“The main questions the youth who were leading it wanted answered was, ‘How do I refer to all this? What language should I be using? How do I say it so I’m not coming across as rude or ignorant?’”
She said guest speakers on the panels included athletes who identified as gay or transgender, and those who moved to Canada as youth. The speakers made a lasting mark on those who attended, Copp said.
“I think the most impactful part of the day was when the trans athlete was talking about being assaulted in the locker-room,” she said. “There were a lot of looks of shock.”
While she would have liked to see more athletes out at the event, local politicians attended to show support, and encouraged organizers to keep going with their efforts to support youth athletes.
“This is where you start,” Copp said.