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The Huskie Football Alumni invite Huskie Football supporters and local businesses to take part in the 14th Annual Alumni Fall Classic Golf Tournament August 22 at Dakota Dunes Golf Links. Registration is now open and opportunities for corporate sponsorship are available. “The tournament is a big contributor to our scholarship fund and we count on those scholarships for recruiting top talent every year,” said Coach Towriss. “It’s also great to see all the guys again and spend a day on the course after a long training camp.” The Fall Classic is your opportunity to mingle with current Huskies as they prepare for their non-conference game against the UBC Thunderbirds August | Full Article

The Alumni Golf Tournament committee gathered this morning to finalize details for the 13th Annual Huskie Football Fall Classic Golf Tournament on August 23. With a number of great sponsors coming on board, including Dakota Dunes, Pizza Hut, Saskatchewan Blue Cross, Brian Mallard and Associates, Saskatchewan Roughriders and Ron Lowe, the tournament should make for a great opportunity for businesses to connect with one another. There are great prizes up for grabs and all attendees will be helping raise money for the Huskie Football Scholarship Foundation. With two weeks to go until the tournament there are only seven spots available. For more information and sponsorship opportunities please contact

Our goal in 2012 is to restore a sense of pride in all Huskie Football Alumni new and old. What better way to show your pride than to wear the Alumni S on the golf course, at the gym and during this 2012 Huskies season. With the Alumni Clothing Package we aim to give all Alumni the opportunity to wear our colours by purchasing one of four packages laid out in the package order form.

Well Spring Camp has come and gone but the efforts of the Alumni did not go unnoticed by the Team, the Coaches or the Parents. New this year the Team was fed each night of the camp after the evening practice. It provides an opportunity for new recruits to interact with the veterans and begin to be exposed to the Huskie Culture and feel welcome. Huskie Alumni volunteers helped with food preparation and serving as well and clean up afterwards on Thursday and Friday night.

With spring camp just around the corner the Huskie Alumni are gearing up for the Annual Alumni BBQ. Every year Alumni new and old come together in welcoming the new recruits and future alumni brothers at a post-practice BBQ the Saturday night of Spring Camp. All Alumni are invited to attend and this year we’ll be utilizing the new Alumni Deck of the Graham Huskies Clubhouse to share memories and catch our first glimpse of the 2012 Huskies. We encourage all the guys to come out for a few beverages and some “hippaaaa-beef’ (Quote Brian Towriss).

In January, the Huskie Football Alumni gathered to take a look back at 2011 and kick off 2012 with new energy and enthusiasm at the Alumni Annual General Meeting. Alumni in attendance included a wide range of new and old who were all active in a discussion about how to reshape and refocus efforts in 2012. One of the major talking points was around how to restructure the Alumni based on new goals and initiatives. Members in attendance voted to create a Board of Governance. The board split up duties and assigned leaders to traditional fundraising events, communications and building the alumni community. But most of the conversation was around | Full Article

The 11th Annual Dog’s Breakfast featuring guest speaker, and CFL hall-of-famer, Damon Allen is right around the corner. I caught up with this year’s Chair, Mike Gartner, for a quick update on ticket sales for the event on April 28th. “Ticket sales are going strong and we’ve once again had great commitment by the Saskatchewan community to make this year a success,” Gartner said regarding the final push for ticket sales. “With Easter and spring break coming up, we’re really pushing to have all those who have confirmed seats and tables purchase their tickets.” Gartner mentioned that the upcoming holidays are pushing the Foundation’s preparation back a week early. He | Full Article

With the lead up to the 11th Annual Dog’s Breakfast building, I managed to sit down with Head Coach Brian Towriss for a quick chat about scholarships and the highly competitive nature of recruiting. “From 10 years ago until now, we were dealing with about $45,000 made up mostly of alumni and family donations,” said Towriss of the changing atmosphere in CIS recruiting. “Now, most schools have a full scholarship program of at least 31 full scholarships and we are able to pay up to our full cap. 51 guys on the team received scholarships in some form last year.” As a player I experience first hand the important role | Full Article

Today’s the day. It’s been a long offseason of hard work on and off the field. It’s been a tough week of two-a-days battling against our own guys. But it takes nine months of preparation and a training camp to be able to feel that excitement surrounding two words: game day. Tonight we play the Western Mustangs. They’re a good football team with great coaching and class. We practiced against them yesterday and it was a good warm up for tonight. The odd chat here and there with guys from their side lightened the mood and we were able to compete during one on ones and skel period. I started | Full Article

With the Huskies only four weeks away from the start of training camp on August 20, the Outsider dropped in on a couple of their offseason work outs. Lead by their Strength and Conditioning Coach, Bart Arnold, the guys gather to work on various aspects of their game. Speed, agility, power, endurance and conditioning are all areas that Bart and the guys focus on. ‘BartU’, as it has come to be known, has grown to over 30 players a week. As a voluntary team event, BartU is a clear indication of this team’s willingness to work hard in preparation of a season that can’t come soon enough. Watch this video | Full Article