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We Got Active Before Escaping into a Parisian Spring!

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We Got Active Before Escaping into a Parisian Spring!
By: Jennifer Buxton

The 2014 BHP Billiton Brain Blitz Presented by WorkSafe Saskatchewan was a great day and night!

While our fabulous volunteers brought Paris to the Prairies, Matt Dunigan and Graeme Bell ran a football practice with Saskatoon Minor Football athletes next to Griffiths Stadium. The athletes began their morning with a safety in sports pep talk by Matt and Graeme before getting a great workout that included a Go and Throw drill followed by T-tests.

The message of the morning was safety, and we were all taught about Matt’s redefining of the word "Tough". Matt believes that to be tough isn’t playing through pain, but knowing when to say "no" and taking yourself out of the game. We witnessed an example of this during the practice when one athlete turned his ankle, and decided that he needed to stop even though he was in the running to win the T-test challenge.

The morning ended with all athletes signing the Take Brain Injury Out of Play pledge (a partnership program with BHP Billiton), and posing for a picture with the Huskies Football Club, who were in the middle of their Spring Camp.

A big thank-you to Huskie Athletics, Saskatoon Minor Football, Football Saskatchewan, Matt Dunigan, and Graeme Bell for being a part of the Community Event!

After a full day of preparations, Paris had arrived at TCU Place! Our lovely volunteers and athletes from the U of S Huskies Women’s Hockey Team and the Saskatoon Blades greeted everyone as they arrived into a Springtime adventure, which included artwork, a photo op with the Eiffel Tower, and a Champagne Reception.

Olympic Gold Medalist, Catriona Le May Doan (courtesy of Saskatchewan Blue Cross), was the MC for the evening. She welcomed everyone and recognized special guests the Honourable Donna Harpauer, the Honourable Rob Norris, Former Saskatchewan Roughrider, Graeme Bell; Saskatchewan Roughriders, Levi Steinhauer and Ben Heenan; and Winnipeg Blue Bomber, Pat Neufeld.

After dinner, everyone was moved by the story of Jennifer Kuchinka, and her experience as a brain injury survivor. Her message of fighting for her daughter was incredibly inspirational, and reminded everyone why they were there.

This was followed by the Live Auction, commanded by Ken McCulloch, who auctioned off great items including a signed Steve Yzerman jersey (courtesy of Bart Hunter at Scotia McLeod), dinner for 4 with Kim Coates at the Ivy Dining Room and Lounge, a weeklong houseboat rental at the Shuswaps Lake (courtesy of Korpan Tractor, and a fishing trip to La Pas, Manitoba (courtesy of Nootkin Resorts).

Then, everyone got to their feet as Catriona welcomed, CFL Hall of Famer and Guest Speaker, Matt Dunigan to the podium! He spoke about his personal battle with post-concussion symptoms and the incredible impact it had on himself and his family. It was a very emotional speech, and everyone in the room could feel the courage of a man whose wife has described him as having a "bee in his bonnet" after leaving the CFL. He then talked about his healing, and how gardening and being on CFL on TSN has really helped him do so. He also briefly talked about his decision to pull his son, Dolan, out of football at the age of 14, after his third concussion in four years. However, his son is still playing sports, and Matt continues to encourage him to follow his dreams, but safety is his main concern. He echoed what he told the kids in the morning about what tough really means, and that is how to lives his life and parents his kids.

The evening ended with great memories of Paris, and an emotional reminder that playing sports is great, but to also remember to be tough and know when to take yourself out of the game.

A big thank-you goes out to the 2015 Brain Blitz committee, guests, donors, and sponsors!