Randy Chevrier |
Former Cheetah star player and current Calgary Stampeder Randy Chevrier has been awarded this year’s Tom Pate Memorial Award, given to a player who displays humanitarian qualities. Chevrier displayed outstanding sportsmanship on the field during the 2014 season while making significant contributions to the Stampeders, the City of Calgary and across Alberta. Chevrier was quoted as saying, “I do believe that it’s a privilege to play professional sports. The platform we have with young and old alike can’t be matched. Anything we do, I realize the platform we have. I hope to convey that to the younger guys we have, to realize that it’s more than just football.”
The announcement went on to say that in addition to serving on the Canadian Cancer Society board, Randy acted as a spokesperson for numerous charities and events. He also started a number of community-based initiatives, including a weekly hospital visits program, an Anti-Bullying campaign, and a “Tickled Pink” event which annually raises thousands of dollars for the Canadian Cancer Society. Chevrier is also a substitute teacher, a high school and youth football coach, and a minor hockey coach.
Randy follows in the footsteps of former Cheetah Marwan Hage who won the same award in 2009 while playing for the Hamilton Tiger Cats. Coincidentally, Chevrier's announcement came exactly 5 years to the day from when we announced Marwan's Tom Pate Award. Another ex-Cheetah who was nominated for the Tom Pate Memorial Award several times was Patrick Kabongo. He was known for his humanitarian work during his long career with the Edmonton Eskimos. Congratulations, Randy! Read the CFL announcement.