Regina residents will share the field with the Riders, and play some flag football while they’re at it, in support of Special Olympics Saskatchewan.
On June 23, the Queen City Blitz flag football tournament is taking place at Mosaic Stadium from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The fundraiser supports beyond the Special Olympics games.
“There’s programs outside of it that deal with employment, and there’s programs that also actually help save athletes’ lives. At games — events — they actually offer medical, dental, podiatry, eyesight, everything,” said Mike McGuire, committee member at Special Olympics Saskatchewan, on the 980 CJME Morning Show.
He said it’s a great way to support local athletes.
“Special Olympics Saskatchewan is putting on this event for their foundation, for their cause, which is money that stays, first of all, right here in the province and benefiting Special O athletes and their families,” McGuire said.
He said playing on the field in Mosaic Stadium is a must-have opportunity.
“I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like with your friends down there. You get to play football…and you get to be on that turf — the same turf the Riders play on. It’s incredible,” he said.
“Getting to see the football (games) is one thing, but… just mucking around on that turf and just chucking a football around felt amazing,” McGuire said as a CFL fan.
The field will be split into four sections, guaranteeing a minimum of four games for each team.
Western Pizza will be providing food for the players. Refreshments will be provided and prizes, including Rider game tickets, could be won.
You can register online individually or in teams of 10.
Once you sign up, you receive a fundraising page with a goal of $100 per person. Participants can raise money online through their page or by collecting cash in person.