August 11, 2016

BC Lions to welcome 175 refugees from Syria to Saturday’s game

The BC Lions are excited to welcome 175 refugees from Syria, who will be guests at Saturday’s game versus the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. As part of their evening and to mark this very special occasion, all 175 Syrian guests will accompany cadets out onto the field and help display the Canadian flag during the singing of our national anthem prior to kickoff.

Fans hold up a large Canadian flag during the singing of the national anthem before the B.C. Lions and Saskatchewan Roughriders play a CFL football game in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday July 10, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

“Giving back to our community has long been the calling card of the BC Lions,” said president and CEO Dennis Skulsky. “Through the hard work of the Surrey Welcome Centre and the generosity of Special Risk Insurance, BC Place and Centerplate, we have a great opportunity to bring an evening of new and uniquely Canadian experiences to the lives of people who have literally given all they have to come to Canada.”

FlagsThe BC Lions Football Club along with the Lions Share program presented by Special Risk Insurance and in conjunction with the Surrey Welcome Centre will provide the club’s Syrian guests with tickets and a full CFL football experience complete with a complimentary meal during the game courtesy BC Place and Centerplate.BiggieBobblehead001

“Thank you to the BC Lions, Special Risk Insurance, BC Place and Centerplate as well as all those who have provided our newcomer families with this fantastic opportunity to experience the game of football and our North American culture,” said Surrey Welcome Centre manager Caroline Lai.

The game kicks off Saturday night at 7:00 pm. The first 5,000 fans through the gates will receive a Adam Bighill bobblehead courtesy of TELUS.