Induction of The Fan Cup presented by TELUS into Canadian Football Hall
of Fame is celebrated with a TELUS donation of
$50,000 to KidSport Canada
TORONTO, Feb. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - TELUS and the Canadian Football League
(CFL) today announced the induction of The Fan Cup presented by TELUS
into The Canadian Football Hall of Fame (CFHOF). The occasion marks the
final celebrations surrounding the 100th Grey Cup.
Since September 2012, 8,000 CFL fans participated in a cross-country
tour where they had the opportunity to press a unique Grey Cup
commemorative penny using the TELUS custom Penny Press Machine. A part
of each penny was collected and melted to create The Fan Cup presented
by TELUS. The names of every fan who pressed a penny were collected and
engraved on the trophy.
The official induction ceremony will take place at the CFHOF in
Hamilton, Ontario on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 10 a.m. ET. The event
will give fans an exciting opportunity to see this first ever pro
sports trophy up close and shake hands with special guests including
CFL alumni and current Hamilton Tiger-Cats players Marwan Hage and
Peter Dyakowski; hall of famer Less Browne; and four-time Grey Cup
champion and hall of famer Damon Allen. For those not able to attend
the induction ceremony, the CFHOF will waive admission on Saturday,
February 9, 2013 for a chance to see The Fan Cup presented by TELUS in
"We are very pleased that TELUS gave football fans of Canada an
opportunity to be a part of the rich history found in the Canadian
Football Hall of Fame and Museum," said Mark DeNobile, executive
director and chief operating officer, Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
"We look forward to meeting the same fans who engraved their names onto
the trophy and hearing their memories of Canadian football."
For each penny that was pressed on the tour or virtually via telus.com/fancup, TELUS contributed $1 to KidSport Canada - a national not-for-profit
organization that provides funding to help children in need across
Canada play organized sports. An extra dollar was given on behalf of
every fan who shared their experience on Twitter or Facebook, bringing
the grand total raised to $50,000. Since 2000, TELUS has given more
than $200,000 to KidSport Canada.
"The Fan Cup presented by TELUS is our way of symbolizing the unwavering
passion and dedication we have for our customers," said Anne-Marie
LaBerge, vice-president Consumer Marketing Communications, TELUS. "And
as part of our 'we give where we live' philosophy at TELUS, we believe
that no kid should be left on the sidelines without the opportunity to
experience the positive benefits of organized sports. Today is about
continuing our ongoing support of KidSport with a donation of $50,000."
"We are thrilled to have been selected by TELUS as the recipient charity
for The Fan Cup campaign," said Dawn MacDonald, executive director,
KidSport Ontario. "Through the support of TELUS and all the Canadian
Football League fans, we are that much closer to realizing our vision
of creating sports-related opportunities for all under-resourced kids."
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $10.8 billion of annual revenue and
13.0 million customer connections including 7.6 million wireless
subscribers, 3.4 million wireline network access lines, 1.3 million
Internet subscribers and more than 635,000 TELUS TV customers. Led
since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a
wide range of communications products and services including wireless,
data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team
members and retirees have contributed more than $260 million to
charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.2 million
hours of service to local communities since 2000. Fourteen TELUS
Community Boards lead TELUS' local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was
honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation
globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals,
becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
About the Canadian Football League
The Canadian Football League is OUR league. It's built on a tradition as
proud, staged on a field as broad, and played at a pace as exciting as
the country we are proud to call home. Our championship game, the Grey
Cup, is the biggest single annual sporting event in Canada. The 101st
edition will be played on November 24, 2013 in Regina, Saskatchewan.
About the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum
There are currently 258 members enshrined in the Hall's Zone of
Champions, which features busts of each member of the Hall. The
Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum operates as a non-profit
registered charity. Located in Hamilton, Ontario since 1963, and in its
current location next to Hamilton City Hall since 1972, the Hall is
home to more than 50,000 Canadian football artefacts, ranging from
equipment and trophies to photos and videos. It's open to the public
year round; see our website for further information www.cfhof.ca.
About the KidSport™ Canada
KidSport™ Canada is a national not-for-profit organization that provides
financial assistance for registration fees and equipment to kids
aged 18 and under. Through a confidential application process we
provide grants so they can play a season of sport. One of our primary
goals is to support our network of 11 provincial/territorial KidSport
chapters and 177 community KidSport chapters across Canada in their
fundraising and sport activities.
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