The Canadian Football League’s (CFL) opening day is right around the corner and when the Saskatchewan Roughriders take to the field at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan for their first home game of the season, they’ll pay special tribute to the individuals lost as a result of the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus crash on April 6th, 2018.
Here’s the full press release courtesy of the team’s official website:
The Saskatchewan Roughriders have announced plans for their June 30th home game versus the Montreal Alouettes. The gameday will be themed ‘Humboldt Strong’ in support of the Humboldt Broncos, the community of Humboldt and all those affected by the tragic accident that occurred April 6th.
“Roughriders home games have long been a place where the people of our province can rally together,” stated Craig Reynolds, Saskatchewan Roughriders President & CEO. “Dedicating a gameday to Humboldt Strong is an opportunity to give the people affected by the tragedy a chance to gather as they continue to heal. It also allows our Club and all of Rider Nation a chance to show their ongoing support.”
“We are so grateful for the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ ongoing support and partnership as the Humboldt Broncos continue to navigate this tragedy, and as we begin to move forward and rebuild,” said Kevin Garinger, President of the Humboldt Broncos. “The Rider game on June 30th will provide our families with yet another precious opportunity to further their healing process by coming together – to remember, to celebrate and to be buoyed by the love and support of Rider Nation.”
Working in conjunction with the Broncos organization, the Roughriders have invited the families of the 29 occupants of the bus, the first responders who provided care and comfort and Humboldt community leaders to attend the June 30th CFL contest. In all, the Riders expect to host approximately 250 guests at Mosaic Stadium.
Pre-game activities will include a video dedication to the Humboldt Broncos and the community of Humboldt, as well as on-field participation by Broncos representatives in the anthem and coin toss ceremonies.
Canadian country music group, Hunter Brothers will sing the national anthem and will provide halftime entertainment with a three-song set. Originally from Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, Hunter Brothers comprise siblings Luke, J.J., Ty, Brock and Dusty Hunter.
Rider fans can show their support and help raise funds by purchasing a commemorative Humboldt Strong pin. The pin is now available at all Rider Store locations, with 100 per cent of all proceeds going to the Humboldt Strong Community Fund.