Kick-Off for Disadvantaged Youth

Toronto, Ontario

July 9, 2002

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Kick-off for Disadvantaged Youth
Kick-off for Disadvantaged Youth
dated July 9, 2002

Toronto Ontario
July 3, 2002

       The Canadian Autoworkers Union made a difference in the lives of more than 1,000 disadvantaged youth in the Toronto area. They were the guests of the CAW and the Toronto Argonauts for the Argo's home opener against Montreal to kick off the 2002 CFL season. CAW National President Buzz Hargrove was called upon to conduct the opening coin toss which the Argo's won.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "It's about our commitment to social unionism. It's about outreach to the community and recognizing that there's a lot of kids that aren't as fortunate as a lot of kids of our members and our members are very supportive of what we're doing."

       For retiree's like Gordon Lindsay, giving a kid the opportunity to see a live CFL game brings back fond memories of his youth. He's proud of his union's efforts.

Gordon Lindsay
CAW Retiree

       "I think it's a great idea because there's a lot of these young kids that may not ever get a chance to see these games. I'm glad that our union which is a social type of union anyway, it's a great thing that we're coming out in the forefront to do this to bring these little kids that need to come out to see a game and the Argo's are going to be great."

       For one night they had the opportunity to be part of something special because somebody reached out to them and made it possible. It was good for the kids, it was good for the union and good for the league, there were smiles all around.

Vince Bailey
President CAW Local 1285

       "We put the word out, we have a lot of interested football fans in the CAW. Basically they wanted to come out and support the team and support Toronto, we're down here supporting everybody."

       The final score may fade with time but the memory of this game and who made it possible for them to see it will last a lifetime.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."

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