ANTHONY CALVILLO TO SPEAK AT COMPLETE CHAMPIONS LUNCHEON

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SPARTAN FOUNDATION
MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2014
COMPLETE CHAMPIONS LUNCH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ANTHONY CALVILLO TO SPEAK AT COMPLETE CHAMPIONS LUNCHEON

LANGLEY, British Columbia – Statistically, he’s the greatest quarterback in football history and this year, the CFL legend that is Anthony Calvillo will be the key note speaker at the 6th Annual Dowco Group Complete Champions Lunch on Nov.

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The three-time Grey Cup champion, three-time Most Outstanding Player and the all-time leading passer in football history, with a whopping 79,816 yards, will join the Spartan Foundation’s annual fundraising luncheon, which raises money to help support Trinity Western University Athletics, as the guest speaker.

The now retired Calvillo was not only an on-field star, but his widespread and well-documented life off the field has demonstrated his ability to win in a variety of arenas. Both Calvillo and his wife Alexia have battled cancer and have both shown what it takes to carry on and fight through this type of adversity. He is also heavily involved in his community and has endless tales to tell of his life both inside and outside of the lines.

“The main reason for me to get involved in this is just a chance for me to share my story and try to encourage other people and at the same time help raise funds for a great cause,” Calvillo said. “It’s exciting for me to get an opportunity to explain to people and say, ‘Yes, this is what I do, but I’ve had some assistance. I’ve had someone in my corner who has helped guide me through my life and that of course is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.’ I look forward to sharing my story and my faith when I get an opportunity.”

Since retiring in 2013, Calvillo has also proven the high value he has for education as he began finishing his degree from Utah State, where he had played his college football, almost immediately after retiring. Needing 16 credits to earn his general studies degree, Calvillo has already graduated and, earlier this year, walked across the stage at Utah State.

“As much as I tell my kids how important education is, they’re going to remember that Dad went back to graduate when he was 41 years old, so it must be important,” Calvillo said. “It was something that I always wanted to finish, but it was also important that my kids got to see that to see how important education is. And it was particularly special because I was able to bring my family to share in that experience.”

On Nov. 12 at the Complete Champions Lunch, Calvillo will be sharing about it all – his life experiences as a football player, a cancer survivor, a dad, a husband, a community leader and a student-athlete.

The event is Nov. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre. Tickets are $175 per person or $1,200 for a table of eight. To order tickets, contact wanda@spartanfoundation.ca or go online to www.spartanfoundation.ca. Tax deductible receipts are available.

-TW-

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