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Argonauts Host One Day Student Summit to Close 13th Season of Bullying Prevention Program

May 20, 2014 - Canadian Football League (CFL) - Toronto Argonauts News Release

Toronto - The Toronto Argonauts Football Club will wrap up another successful year of its award-winning Huddle Up Bullying Prevention program, presented by Tim Hortons, with a Student Summit on Thursday, May 22. The Summit unites elementary and high school student leaders, from throughout the GTA, who were visited by the Huddle Up program during the 2013/2014 academic year. Argonauts players who will be in attendance at this year's summit, and have committed to keeping our schools safe include DB Matt Black, OL Tyler Holmes and LB James Yurichuk.

Toronto Argonauts' Director of Education & Community Programs, Jason Colero, will address a group of 200 students and teachers who have made efforts to reduce bullying in their schools. Students will collaborate in groups led by Argos players, staff members, cheerleaders, Tim Hortons store owners, football players from the University of Toronto Varsity Blues, and share their ideas to target the issues involved with bullying. Dave Fraser and Stu Auty from Canadian Safe School Network, Jason St. Croix from Tim Hortons, and Meghan Hird from POP Kollaborative will also be involved in this year's Summit.

The Student Summit will once again allow secondary school students involved in the program to receive community service hours as they lead discussions in issue-based breakout sessions.

The Huddle Up Bullying Prevention Program, presented by Tim Hortons, has worked for 13 years to eradicate bullying and promote friendship and inclusion through the personal stories of Toronto Argonauts football players, cheerleaders and program staff. In 2014, the Huddle Up program reached more than 35,000 students, and 700 of their parents, with an important message that was developed in conjunction with the Canadian Safe School Network, a collaborative program partner . Since the program initiation in 2001, Huddle Up has reached over 500,000 students across the GTA ranging in age from 8-18. In 2009, the Huddle Up program became recognized on the Ministry of Education's Registry of Bullying Prevention Programs. The Argonauts are the only Canadian sports team to have a program registered.

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