Grey Cup back in Chilliwack

The Canadian Football League's Grey Cup trophy visits the Coast Hotel in Chilliwack Friday as part of a minor football event.

The Chilliwack Minor Football Association and Game Ready Fitness will be co-hosting a Grey Cup Event on Friday, from 8 to 8:30 p.m. at the Chilliwack Coast Hotel.

Several Canadian Football League players will be attending, along with one of the oldest and most cherished trophies in North American professional sports.

Several members of the 2011 Grey Cup champion B.C. Lions are accompanying the trophy to the Fraser Valley, including Davis Sanchez, Paris Jackson, Jamal Lee and JR Larose. Eric Fraser of the Calgary Stampeders, Ryan Lucas and Shea Emry of the Montreal Alouettes and retired player  Will Loftus (Alouettes, Edmonton Eskimos) will also chaperone the Grey Cup.

Chilliwack Minor Football has been providing football to youth in the Chilliwack area since 1992, and this event is being staged to raise its public profile.

“This premier event will raise awareness in the community of the great program that is available to boys and girls ages 5 to 18, and give everyone an opportunity to mingle with some of the best players in Canadian football,” said CMFA president Wayne Bjorge.

Game Ready Fitness will be at the Coast Hotel, introducing themselves to the community. Their new youth development football program provides off-season instruction that strives to instill confidence and develop a healthy mind and body, while preparing participants for post-secondary athletic and academic programs.

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