ESKIMOS TEAM UP WITH WAR AMPS "CHAMP" TO PASS ON SAFETY MESSAGE
July 25, 2016 – Having lost his right foot in a lawn mower accident, six-year-old Cooper Tidmarsh, of Lethbridge, is eager to share his story and alert other kids across Canada about the importance of playing safely.
Cooper, who has been named The War Amps 2016 National Safety Ambassador, joined Edmonton Eskimos players Kicker Grant Shaw (#11) and Long-Snapper Ryan King (#53) today, at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium, to film this year’s War Amps PLAYSAFE public service announcement.
Cooper was enrolled in The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program soon after his accident and is now using his experience to pass on an essential and possibly life-saving lesson to other children --PLAYSAFE! “Cooper and the players had a lot of fun filming the PSA, while also spreading a powerful message that will reach thousands of people across the country,” said Rob Larman, War Amps PLAYSAFE/DRIVESAFE Director. “The Eskimos and the Canadian Football League have been tremendously supportive in making this event possible,” he added.
For 35 years, The War Amps and the Canadian Football League™ have shared a special tradition - the annual PLAYSAFE PSA, saluting the League's support of The War Amps kids-to-kids safety program. Like all War Amps productions, the PSA is funded by corporate donations. It will be broadcasted during TSN’s football telecasts starting Thanksgiving weekend, including the CFL® Playoffs, the Grey Cup®, and on other networks and specialty channels.
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Cooper makes the team, with Edmonton Eskimos players Long-Snapper Ryan King (#53) and Kicker Grant Shaw (#11).
Cooper and the players having fun on the shoot.