70 high school football athletes will represent their communities in an exhibition game in Edmonton on Saturday, November 24th

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Nov. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Nissan Kickoff Project announced today the final selection of 70 high school football players to the Nissan All-Canadian TITAN team, who will travel to Edmonton for the 106th Grey Cup festivities. For many, this trip is the sporting event of a lifetime, as the athletes selected will have a chance to play an exhibition game, a day before their Canadian Football League (CFL) idols compete for the Grey Cup championship title.

The players selected represent Canada’s future football leaders and were chosen by a celebrity judging panel that included Randy Ambrosie, commissioner, CFL; Bryan Baeumler, television host, HGTV; Shannon Chinn, executive board member, Football Canada; Luc Mullinder, colour commentator, Saskatchewan Roughriders; and Geroy Simon, CFL hall of famer and director, Canadian football scouting, BC Lions. Nominated by their peers, coaches, parents and friends, the student-athletes listed below demonstrate exemplary TITAN values, on and off the football field: toughness, innovation, tenacity, ambition and notability.

“Nissan set out this year to reach every high school football athlete and community across Canada, to find the best and the brightest youth football players in the country. We believe that sport nurtures the development of outstanding TITAN values, so the Nissan Kickoff Project aims to reward and encourage those characteristics in young people,” said Steve Rhind, director of marketing, Nissan Canada Inc. “We hope the 70 players selected inspire a future generation of young athletes in grassroots football and we are thrilled to be hosting them at the 106th Grey Cup.”

As it entered its fifth season this year, the Nissan Kickoff Project wanted to build on the impact the program had seen since 2013. The goal of 2018 was to focus on the individual athletes, rewarding and celebrating those who’s on the field impact was as strong as their presence in their classrooms and communities. By presenting the TITAN athletes alongside the best professional football players in Canada, Nissan hopes that the players selected will return to their communities as ambassadors for grassroots football in Canada and motivated to continue championing the TITAN values in their everyday lives.

As the official vehicle of the CFL and the Grey Cup for over a decade, the league’s players have provided encouragement, mentorship and friendship to hundreds of aspiring athletes. Since the inception of the program five years ago, the Nissan Kickoff Project has benefitted 78 high schools from coast-to-coast, reaching more than 4,300 students.

The Nissan Kickoff Project All-Canadian TITAN team 2018:

Player NameHigh SchoolHometown
Dawson BrodaMillwoods Christian SchoolEdmonton
Josh CampbellLindsay Thurber Comprehensive High SchoolRed Deer
Nikolas FourlasHenry Wise Wood High SchoolCalgary
Tristin GrossR.F. Staples Secondary SchoolBarrhead
Derek KucharskiAustin O’ Brien Catholic High SchoolEdmonton
Kaleb McGladderyPeace Wapiti AcademyGrande Prairie
Bryden O’FlahertyBishop O'Byrne High SchoolCalgary
Cole PriestleyCold Lake High SchoolCold Lake
Ty ThompsonRoss Sheppard High SchoolEdmonton
Aidan WalkerR.F. Staples Secondary SchoolWestlock
Brayden WalzBishop O'Byrne High SchoolCalgary
Josh YeeForest Lawn High SchoolCalgary
British Columbia
Nick ButlerSardis SecondaryChilliwack
Steen RasmussenJohn Barsby Community SchoolNanaimo
Jaden SeveryTerry Fox Secondary SchoolCoquitlam
Prince Edward Island
Joseph BertramBluefield High SchoolCornwall
Tyler NewsonBluefield High SchoolHunter River
Nick BirchWest Kildonan CollegiateWinnipeg
Connor BrowettCrocus Plains Regional Secondary SchoolBrandon
Owen BrownSt. John's-Ravenscourt SchoolWinnipeg
Kaitlin CummingsGarden City CollegiateWinnipeg
Dylan HessKelvin High SchoolWinnipeg
Sam HezwkiahRiver East CollegiateWinnipeg
Nathaniel King-WilsonDaniel McIntyre Collegiate InstituteWinnipeg
Brandon MartensVirden Collegiate InstituteVirden
Evan NachtigallÉcole secondaire Neelin High SchoolBrandon
Ethan SchnerchDaniel McIntyre Collegiate InstituteWinnipeg
Colbi TurnbullMajor Pratt SchoolBinscarth
Asher WoodSt. John's High SchoolWinnipeg
New Brunswick
Spencer DeanLeo Hayes High SchoolFredericton
Dominic HallLeo Hayes High SchoolFredericton
David-Daniel PendletonMoncton High SchoolMoncton
William RusselKennebecasis Valley High SchoolQuispamsis
Nova Scotia
Donovan KerseyNortheast Kings Education CentreCentreville
Logan PotterNortheast Kings Education CentreCentreville
Daniel VelocciDartmouth High SchoolDartmouth
Danny BosettNorth Park CollegiateBrantford
Ben BurkeM.M. Robinson High SchoolBurlington
Andrew BurrowsM.M. Robinson High SchoolBurlington
Brantt BurnsteinNelson High SchoolBurlington
Craig ColemanParkside Collegiate InstituteSt. Thomas
Cameron CreechanUrsuline CollegeChatham
Sam CrossCentennial Collegiate Vocational InstituteGuelph
Adam DekrakerEast Elgin Secondary SchoolAylmer
Mitchell DemersSaint Francis Catholic Secondary SchoolSt. Catherines
Nicholas FairweatherSt. Matthew High SchoolOrléans
Erik HainesValley Heights Secondary SchoolWalsingham
Talon HorstSt. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary SchoolTottenham
Jesse KingWestdale Secondary SchoolHamilton
Cameron MaleNotre Dame Catholic Secondary SchoolBurlington
Jacob MartinoGarth Webb Secondary SchoolOakville
Mason McGriskinWest Ferris Secondary SchoolNorth Bay
Donovan MooreSt. Ignatius High SchoolThunder Bay
Caleb PypeValley Heights Secondary SchoolPort Rowan
Jaykob RyllFort Frances High SchoolFort Frances
Dylan SzczurSt. John’s CollegeBrantford
Jakob TomasSt. James Catholic High SchoolGuelph
Lucas VargaNelson High SchoolBurlington
Souleymane CamaraCollège Charles-LemoyneSainte-Catherine
Samuel GamelinCollège Charles-LemoyneSainte-Catherine
Tristan MaroisCollège Charles-LemoyneSainte-Catherine
Eric ChoquetteChurchill Community High SchoolLa Ronge
Crozier HolmesCentral CollegiateMoose Jaw
Tyson KrushelniskiBishop James Mahoney High SchoolSaskatoon
Carson MattMartin CollegiateRegina
Taggart RowellLuther College High SchoolRegina
Stephen SmithNorth Valley High SchoolAbernethy
Aidan SommacalSt. Joseph High SchoolSaskatoon
CJ VincentCentral CollegiateMoose Jaw
Matthew WistBethlehem Catholic High SchoolSaskatoon

To read more about the program or the 70 TITANs selected, visit the Nissan Kickoff Project website at www.nissankickoffproject.ca/en/meet-the-titans/. More information on the program launch can be found here.

About Nissan Canada Inc.
Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) is the Canadian sales, marketing and distribution subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc. NCI was the first Japanese-based automaker to incorporate in Canada in 1965, and now directly employs 306 full-time staff across offices in Vancouver (BC), Mississauga (ON), and Kirkland (QC). There are 207 independent Nissan dealerships, including 81 that also act as Nissan Commercial Vehicles dealers, 114 electric vehicle-certified dealers, and 42 INFINITI retailers across Canada.

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About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
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