Mike “Pinball” Clemons is an Argo legend known and respected in every CFL city in Canada.
His charitable work and his motivational speaking engagements have made him more than just a record-breaking football star.
Mike came to Hamilton recently to tour Hamilton Food Share and make appearances around town to see how the whole community comes together to help people in need.
The relationship between Food Share and Mike goes back many years. His foundation started the Cram-A-Cruiser food drive throughout Ontario, matching food banks, schools and police services for the largest single day school food collection in the province. The Pinball Clemons Foundation no longer runs Cram-A-Cruiser, but it continues as an annual event in Hamilton.
After a tour of the Hamilton Food Share facilities to get a close-up view of how we get 2.85 million pounds of food a year to local families, Mike went to A.M. Cunningham school to thank students for being the top Cram-A-Cruiser school in the city. He also took the opportunity to thank members of the Hamilton Police Services who delivered the food collected.
Following that, it was on to the Hamilton office of Gowlings WLG, where the staff were holding their annual food and cash drive as part of the Purolator Tackle Hunger campaign.
The final stop of Mike’s visit was to the St. Matthew’s Seniors Program at the Eva Rothwell Centre. He served lunch and visited with seniors and children in the daycare program. Hamilton Food Share is proud to provide food for both the Seniors Program and the food bank at St. Matthew’s House.
Throughout the day there were many Ticats jerseys worn wherever Mike toured. That day, everyone was a Pinball Clemons fan and everywhere Mike thanked people for how hard they work to make sure everyone in Hamilton receives food.
See all the pictures of Mike’s visit to Hamilton in this Facebook album.