For students at St. Augustine Catholic Elementary School, it was hard to say which was the greater draw — visiting members of the Toronto Argonauts football team, or the Canadian Football League’s championship trophy, the Grey Cup.
Toronto Argonauts receiver André Durie, offensive lineman Wayne Smith and assistant equipment manager Tom Bryce visited the Dundas school last week with the Grey Cup in tow.
The players’ key message to students was about perseverance, adopting a positive attitude and making good on promises. It was actually a promise made to Roman Campanaro, a grade 3 student at St. Augustine, that led to the cup making its way to the school.
“I made a promise to Roman that if Toronto won the Grey Cup, I would bring it to his school,” said Bryce, a family friend.
The day after the championship, the Argos assistant equipment manager received a text from Roman reminding him of his promise.
“And here it is,” said Bryce.
Smith and Durie, who have visited many schools as part of the Argos’ Huddle Up bullying prevention program, said they enjoy speaking with students.
“It’s good to be able to get out and interact with the kids,” said Smith.
“They motivate us,” added Durie.
The Argos claimed their 16th Grey Cup title with a 35-22 win against the Calgary Stampeders in November.