Adam Cordick speaks with valley Huskers QB Noah Falconer ahead of tonights game against the Kamloops Broncos
We talk about our 'football family', going to war with our brothers, of being there for our teammates. But what does that mean to all of us?
What does family mean?
There are the textbook definitions of family, consisting of parents, children, and sharing common ancestors.
A 'Football Family' is one of many families coming together with a common love of our game, Football. But do we represent what a family truly is?
In looking for other examples of family I came across this,
"A family is a group of people who want as well as choose to be together embraced by a bond so powerful and strong that not even the slightest test of trials or troubles can breach. I think Lilo got it right when she said, "Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten."
We wouldn't leave a brother behind on the field would we? Of course not.
But being family means we are there beyond the lines, as our brothers go about their lives outside of the game. Are we there for our football family there too?
Before writing this I was planning on reaching out to current players, coaches, alumni and extended BCFC family to get their thoughts and experiences when it comes to discrimination and racism in our world, both on and off the football field. One response stopped me in my tracks, like walking into a glass door.
This is what my friend said,
"Reach out to white people. Leave the black people out of it, it's a discussion amongst yourselves, its not our burden to bear and i wish people would stop making us carry in these times”
If change is to occur we need to take this burden off of our football family that have been carrying this their entire lives, both on and off the field.
That friend showed me that we can say we are not racist but we need to stand up against racism and ensure we all feel we matter. Until each brother feels they are treated as an equal in life, we are still fighting for our family.
It’s our turn to take responsibility and effect change.
We haven’t been in this together but we must.
Educate yourself, and be the change for OUR family.
Family means nobody gets left behind.
BLACK LIVES MATTER.
This past Monday was our National Signing Day, and I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all new players to their respective teams and the BCFC, as well as welcome back our returning players.
While football is the ultimate competitive team sport, it is incredibly important to let all players know that despite being on different teams on the field, we are one big football family, who take care of each other, look out for each other, and have the best in mind for one another. Let's always remember that, and support and celebrate as one. The BCFC is all about inclusion for all, and we welcome diversity of all kind. We will not tolerate actions to the contrary of any kind.
As we move into the month of June and navigate through the COVID pandemic it is important to provide an update as to where we stand as of today. Our teams and executive will continue to work tirelessly to have a 2020 season, as we know how important football is to so many. We do have to keep in mind and respect the current health restrictions, and we will continue to watch, monitor and plan based on those regulations. It is important to continue to practice the right actions as citizens of British Columbia. Our teams and executive will never put any of our members in an un healthy environment.
I would like to thank the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL), and BC Provincial Football Association (BCPFA) for their support, cooperation and assistance throughout this pandemic. We are all working as one with the same goal in mind.
At this time, the Conference is currently aiming for an early to mid September regular season start date. We will likely be looking at a reduced regular season number of games and playoffs. Our expectation is to release a schedule in the next couple of weeks, with the understanding that our world is in constant change, so we will admit accordingly. We have been working on a return to play protocol with our partners, and what that will look like. It is evolving all the time, and we will provide updates as time moves along. We will not have team sanctioned events for the month of June, and we will re-evaluate that timeline and direction as July approaches.
It is very important to know that plans have and will continue to change as we monitor and follow what our health officials say and the information we are given. We must remain flexible to change and prepared for all scenarios. The good news is we all want football and a BCFC season to happen, but we must temper our wants with reality, especially when it comes to the health and well-being of all involved.
My advice to all involved with our teams and Conference is to continue to prepare for a 2020 season. I will once again remind people that our football and sport world is changing all the time because of COVID-19, and none of us can predict what will happen in the coming months. Changes to our plans as of today can and will likely occur, and it is important to be flexible, and prepare for all scenarios.
We all want to watch our great players on our teams perform on the field. It is important we continue to act responsibly, make smart choices and plan for a 2020 BCFC season.
BCFC President / CJFL Executive
Please join us in welcoming another two to the BC Football Conference football family with the Kamloops Broncos new additions:
Kai Somerville - Chilliwack BC
Alex Rowlandson - Calgary, AB