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BC Lions kick-off the new year at Rosedale and Bernard schools Jan 19

Jamie Cartmell, BC Lions/Voice file photos


BC Lions defensive lineman Jon Hameister-Ries (L) and defensive back Jason Arakgi talk to kids at Bernard Elementary in January 2013. Voice file photo.


tís been the calling card of the BC Lions Football Club since their first days as a professional football team more than 60 years ago and it continues today, as the clubís community relations programs get underway for another year.


From now through to the end of the 2016 season, players, coaches and staff will make more than 250 appearances across British Columbia spending thousands of hours giving back to the communities which have supported the club for the past six decades. 

Members of the  BC Lions Football Club including Adam Bighill, Jason Arakgi, Rolly Lumbala, Emmanuel Arceneaux, Shawn Gore, Dean Valli and T-Dre Player will visit numerous schools in the communities of Surrey, Mission, Chilliwack, Vancouver, Richmond, Delta, Burnaby, Coquitlam and Langley this week in support of the FortisBC Energy Champions, Be More Than a Bystander and Lions In The House programs.

Now entering its sixth year, the FortisBC Energy Champions program is designed for children in kindergarten through grade seven, emphasizing the importance of environmental responsibility and being an 'Energy Champion'. 


Last year, 75 elementary schools throughout British Columbia and more than 22,000 students received an inspiring message to play an active role in reducing their environmental footprint.

Lions in the House is an initiative supported by Industry Training Authority and Pacific NorthWest LNG and is designed specifically for kids in grades six through nine focusing on the power of positive choices, being the best you can be as well as beginning to examine possible life paths that lead toward learning a trade.


An interactive assembly interspersed with athletic competitions that provide a unique opportunity for the students to compete against each other, Lions in the House also features speeches by prominent Leos as they discuss their own experiences in making significant life choices.

Be More Than a Bystander has been one of the clubís most successful and noteworthy community endeavours. Itís presented in partnership with the Ending Violence AssociationBC Ministry of Children and Family Development, Encana Corporation and is supported by the BC Federation of Labour.

Be More Than a Bystander aims to raise awareness about the impact of violence against women and attempts to break the silence surrounding such violence by providing tools, language and practical ideas about how to be more than a bystander, how to speak up and how to communicate that violence and abuse towards girls and women is not acceptable.


For more information about this program and the team this year, visit BC Lions Football Club


Location: Rosedale Elementary

Tuesday, January 19th Ė Energy Champions
Address: 10125 McGrath Road, Chilliwack
Time: 9:30 AM
BC Lions: Adam Bighill, Jason Arakgi

Location: Bernard Elementary

Tuesday, January 19th Ė Energy Champions 
Address: 45465 Bernard Avenue, Chilliwack
Time: 1:00 PM
BC Lions: Adam Bighill, Jason Arakgi


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