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Edmonton Eskimos have another record-breaking 50/50 year

Edmonton Eskimos president and CEO Len Rhodes poses with players and the coach from Edmonton Wildcats Football at a presentation of the Eskimos 50/50 money on Feb. 20, 2019. Global News

Once again, the Edmonton Eskimos have broken their record for donations to amateur football from the sales of 50/50 at home games.

This year, the club is donating $845,000 to support groups that support amateur football in Alberta. That means, since 2012, the team has donated over $4.5 million.

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“During my seven-year tenure as President & CEO of the Edmonton Eskimos, one of the things I am most proud of is how we have brought such positive energy back to amateur football in northern Alberta,” Len Rhodes said.

“It’s only fitting that I leave not only handing out cheques because of our programs through 50/50, but to to show my appreciation for all these great people who are working behind the scenes to make this sport healthy and positive.”

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Six groups received donations from the Eskimos on Wednesday:

  • $250,000 to the Edmonton Huskies Junior Football Club
  • $250,000 to the Edmonton Wildcats Junior Football Club
  • $110,000 to the University of Alberta Golden Bears Football Team
  • $100,000 to the University of Alberta Golden Bears’ Football Endowment Fund
  • $100,000 to Football Alberta (Northern Alberta programs)
  • $35,000 to the Edmonton Eskimo Alumni Association’s Amateur Football Initiatives

“Recently, flag football has become a real game-changer, allowing more and more youth to get involved in this version of the sport,” Rhodes added. “Being able to award funds from our 2018 50/50 program to the great amateur football organizations across northern Alberta is an honour and a point of pride.”

Rhodes said he was recently speaking to a group representing other teams across the league and they were “in awe” of the success of the Eskimos 50/50 program.

“Football is alive and well in Edmonton, and we all owe a lot of thanks to the dedication and commitment of many hardworking volunteers throughout our community,” Rhodes said.

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Last year the Eskimos gave $840,000 to six groups.

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