Eight CFL fan pairs are up for the challenge

    Selected fan pairs to take steps towards improving their cardiovascular
    health while training alongside CFL stars

    TORONTO, Sept. 3 /CNW/ - Eight fan pairs from across the country will be
calling plays from their own customized plan to take action to improve their
cardiovascular health with the help of their local Canadian Football League
(CFL) star and personal trainer. Players, fans and personal trainers will be
meeting on a regular basis over the next six weeks as part of the Making the
Connection CFL Challenge, presented by Making the Connection and the CFL.
    A national winning pair will be selected from the program's eight pair
finalists and will be announced in November. The winning pair will receive a
grand prize that includes a trip to the 96th Grey Cup in Montreal, Quebec on
Sunday, November 23, 2008.
    "I congratulate these fans for recognizing the importance of taking the
steps necessary to manage cardiovascular health issues like cholesterol, high
blood pressure and smoking" said Wally Buono, Head Coach of the BC Lions and
Making the Connection spokesperson. "I look forward to watching the fans and
players develop their personal game plan to change their lifestyles and take
charge of their health."

    Participating players and fans include:
    -   Barron Miles (BC Lions) with Allan & Janice Mattrick
    -   Agustin Barrenechea (Edmonton Eskimos) with Suzanne & Bob DuPuis
    -   Ryan Thelwell (Calgary Stampeders) with John Gerlitz & Tom Logan
    -   D.J. Flick (Saskatchewan Roughriders) with Luana and Rick Orban
    -   Jamie Stoddard (Winnipeg Blue Bombers) with Mike & Shelley Malyk
    -   Nick Setta (Hamilton Tiger-Cats) with Andrew Whittaker & Catherine
    -   Jeff Johnson (Toronto Argonauts) with Stewart & Bonnie Henry
    -   Etienne Boulay (Montréal Alouettes) with Jacques Veillette & Suzanne

    Those who did not have the chance to participate in the Challenge can
still benefit from the program and will still have the opportunity to win a
gym membership or even their own personal home gym by registering for their
own personalized action plan at http://5step.makingtheconnection.ca.

    About Making the Connection

    Making the Connection is a program dedicated to educating Canadians about
the risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease and to encouraging
Canadians to take action to control them. For more information, visit

    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. And the 96th edition will be
played on November 23, 2008 in Montreal, QC. For additional information, visit

    About CFLPA Pro Players

    PRO PLAYERS is the Sports Marketing arm of the CFL Players Association.
Formed in 2003, PRO PLAYERS is proud to promote more than 450 active players
and many memorable retired players in the communities, provinces and countries
they both live, work, and play. We are.... Pro Players! Visit us at

For further information:

For further information: Jamie Dykstra, Manager, Communications - CFL,
(416) 865-2664, jdykstra@cfl.ca; Megan Johnson, Weber Shandwick Worldwide,
(416) 642-7905, mjohnson1@webershandwick.com

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