Ticats and kids combine for big healthy win

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By Dave Churchill

Hamilton Tiger-Cat players are always ready for a good game.

But unlike their battles on the football field, everyone came out a winner as five members of the Cats challenged students at St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School to a few games Friday. Students were challenged to eat healthily, followed by a player-versus-student tug of war.

On one side of the gym stood the massive Tiger-Cats, four of them offensive linemen topping the scales at over 300 pounds. On the other side were 10 St. Joseph students, the largest weighing a little over 100 pounds.

Perhaps realizing they needed a little help, the Cats stole Grade 5 student Tenille Howell, 10, from the student team and added her to their side.

It was a tough battle, said Grade 7 student P.J. McMillan, before he and his St. Joseph teammates finally tugged Cats linebacker Mike Daly across the line to take the victory. The victorious team jumped for joy and pumped their fists in the air.

It felt good, said a smiling McMillan, who could only add that “my hands really hurt.”

The good fun was all about teaching the kids to eat healthily and was just one of about 50 stops Cats players will make at Hamilton schools this off-season in a program called BeFit.

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Article and image source: The Hamilton Spectator

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