The Calgary Stampeders have recognized with the Reggie Begelton with the Herm Harrison Memorial Award, which is awarded annually to a player for outstanding community service.
The star receiver takes part in the Every Yard Counts program, which sees him and select teammates visit the Alberta Children’s Hospital the day before every home game. He also helped coach children’s flag football through the Learn to Play program, participated in the KidsPlay football program targeted towards new Canadians, and helped support Tim Hortons Camp Days, Wellsprings Alberta, and the Salvation Army Coat Drive.
“God blesses you so that you can bless others,” said Begelton in a statement. “Without the community, we athletes would be nothing. To be able to give back, however I can, grants me the privilege of being able to step on that field and play freely, knowing that God called me here.”
The 30-year-old from Beaumont, Texas has made 82 receptions for 1,053 yards and four touchdowns this season to lead the team in each category.
Harrison played for the Stampeders from 1964 to 1972 and was a six-time West Division all-star and three-time CFL all-star. He stayed in Calgary after his playing career was over and supported numerous community initiatives. The award in his name was established in 2013 with previous winners including Rob Cote, Randy Chevrier, Bo Levi Mitchell, Joshua Bell, Rob Maver, Kamar Jorden, and Colton Hunchak.