BC Lions to welcome 175 Syrian guests to Saturday’s game


(Vancouver) The BC Lions Football Club, along with Lions Share presenting partner Special Risk Insurance and in conjunction with theSurrey Welcome Centre,  is very pleased to announce that 175 refugees from Syria will be guests of the club at Saturday’s game versus the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Giving back to our community has long been the calling card of the BC Lions,” said president and CEO Dennis Skulsky. “Through the hard work of the Surrey Welcome Centre and the generosity of Special Risk Insurance, BC Place and Centerplate, we have a great opportunity to bring an evening of new and uniquely Canadian experiences to the lives of people who have literally given all they have to come to Canada.”

In addition to tickets and gifts from the team, the club’s Syrian guests will receive a complimentary meal during the game courtesy of BC Place and Centerplate.

Thank you to the BC Lions, Special Risk Insurance as well as BC Place, Centerplate and all those who have provided our newcomer families with this fantastic opportunity to experience the game of football and our North American culture,” said Surrey Welcome Center manager Caroline Lai.

As part of their evening and to mark this very special occasion, all 175 Syrian guests will accompany cadets out onto the field and help display the Canadian flag during the singing of our national anthem prior to kickoff.

The next BC Lions home game is Saturday, August 13 versus the Hamilton Tiger-Cats presented by TELUS. The first 5,000 fans through the gates will receive an Adam Bighill bobblehead.