Punter maver hon­oured for Com­mu­nity ser­vice

Long­time Stamps’ punter earns Har­ri­son Memo­rial Award for Crohn’s and Col­i­tis fundrais­ing and other com­mu­nity ser­vice

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Rob Maver knows what it means to win the Herm Har­ri­son Memo­rial Award.

He’s been around the Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers since be­fore the end-of-sea­son award rec­og­niz­ing out­stand­ing in­volve­ment in com­mu­nity ser­vice was first pre­sented in 2013, af­ter all.

So he knows all about Har­ri­son’s con­tri­bu­tions to the Cal­gary com­mu­nity, and knows that when it was an­nounced that he won the 2018 award on Fri­day he had an op­por­tu­nity to speak about the causes he’s de­voted so much of his off-the-field time to this year.

“It’s a great way to hon­our Herm’s legacy ev­ery sin­gle year and be re­minded of all the things he did, not just here on the field but es­pe­cially in the com­mu­nity here as well,” Maver said. “And it’s a tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity to gain more ex­po­sure for (Crohn’s and Col­i­tis Canada). That’s why I do ev­ery­thing I do, just to get the word out.”

Maver hasn’t just got the word out for Crohn’s and Col­i­tis Canada, he’s also helped raise a lot of money for the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

This year, the Stamps punter co-chaired the Rob Maver Guts N Glory flag foot­ball tour­na­ment in Septem­ber, help­ing to raise $44,000. That was dou­ble what the tour­na­ment raised in its in­au­gu­ral year, and Maver’s role in plan­ning the event in­volved mak­ing fa­cil­ity ar­range­ments at McMa­hon Sta­dium, es­tab­lish­ing me­dia part­ner­ships, fundrais­ing and spon­sor­ship co-or­di­na­tion.

With the tour­na­ment dou­bling its fundrais­ing to­tal in its sec­ond year, Maver is hop­ing to help Crohn’s and Col­i­tis Canada ex­pand the tour­na­ment and even­tu­ally hold sim­i­lar events in the eight other CFL ci­ties.

“The cool thing about be­ing a pro ath­lete, es­pe­cially here with the Stam­ped­ers, is you’re given such a plat­form that you’re able to do th­ese things,” Maver said. “You have a staff that’s tremen­dously sup­port­ive of their play­ers in th­ese ini­tia­tives.”

Maver’s ef­forts this year went far be­yond just or­ga­niz­ing the flag foot­ball game, too.

The Kick­ing Chron’s in the Butt pro­gram saw spon­sor Tru­man In­sur­ance do­nate $1 for ev­ery punt­ing yard Maver ac­cu­mu­lated this sea­son to the Cal­gary chap­ter of Chron’s and Col­i­tis Canada, re­sult­ing in a to­tal do­na­tion of $5,143.

He also made vis­its for Camp Got2Go at the Easter Seals Camp Hori­zon in Bragg Creek, hosted multi-agency school sup­port teams through a part­ner­ship with the Cal­gary Po­lice Ser­vice, and did speak­ing en­gage­ments at var­i­ous con­fer­ences and in­for­ma­tion nights.

It’s an im­pres­sive off-the-field re­sume. There’s lots that’s not in­cluded in the above list, too and it’s not hard to see why the Stamps felt that Maver was de­serv­ing an award named af­ter one of their all-time greats.

Har­ri­son played for the Stam­ped­ers from 1964 to 1972, was a West Divi­sion All-Star six times and a CFL all-star on three oc­ca­sions.

He also re­mained in Cal­gary af­ter his ca­reer was over and was an ac­tive mem­ber in a num­ber of com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives around the city.

IAN KUCERAK

Punt­ing is just part of what Rob Maver does for the Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers. His com­mu­nity work was cited when he was awarded the Herm Har­ri­son Memo­rial Award on Fri­day.

GAVIN YOUNG

Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers punter Rob Maver has been hon­oured by the team for his com­mu­nity work on be­half of Crohn’s and Col­i­tis Canada.

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