Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Williams to Use Gaffe to Help Others

We've all seen the play. In fact, many who read this were probably there live. It ranks up there with one of the biggest gaffes in professional sports history. Chris Williams fielded a missed field goal and took it 117 yards to paydirt... except he didn't. He started to celebrate a tad too early and was caught from behind by Montreal's Brian Ridgeway, getting tackled at the one-yard line. It was a mistake that will stick to Chris Williams for sometime.

But instead of running away from it, he has decided to take that mistake and turn it into a positive. Williams and the Tiger-Cats have teamed up with Fox 40 on the "Play to the Whistle" campaign. For every touchdown that Williams scores from now until the end of the season, $1,000 will be donated to Liberty for Youth and City Kidz, a local-area non-profit organization that helps at-risk youth.

When I first saw the name of the program it made me laugh, and I wondered if this was pure coincidence or if it was all orchestrated after Saturday. It seems pretty clear that the genesis of the idea came after Williams' faux pas against the Alouettes. And I say good for Williams for owning up to his error and for turning what could be a career low into something that can help children in need.

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