March 18, 2021 @ 8pm
Purchase a Raffle ticket to win $10k and receive a web link to access the show!
Super Bowl Champ, Medical School Graduate & Proud Canadian turned Covid Frontline worker
Hosted by TSN/CTVs
Raffle Tickets sold until Thursday March 18th at 8:30pm (draw at 9:30pm)
$25 each or 5 for $100
Online Auction: March 4-18
About the Sports Charity Dinner:
Nearly a half century in with many touch and go snowstorms with the stress of rerouting countless flights for some of the most celebrated athletes of all-time, we’re not letting Covid-19 derail the 49th running of the Desjardins Sports Charity Dinner. This year’s event, proudly hosted by the Canadian Progress Club – Halifax, will be 100% virtual – with an online broadcast launch: March 18th, 2021 @ 8pm.
For access to the event and a chance to with $10 000.00 in cash, purchase your raffle ticket here. You will also have the chance to win signed Sports Memorabilia by signing up and bidding in our online auction here.
Carrying on a 47 year tradition, the Sports Charity Dinner is held in Halifax each February. In 1972, the inaugural event was planned as a way to raise funds in support of the King’s Meadow Home for mentally challenged adults in Windsor, N.S. and has grown to support all major beneficiaries of the Canadian Progress Club - Halifax including Club Inclusion, Special Olympics and the IWK Foundation. Over the years, the Dinner has attracted close to 300 world class speakers from all genres of professional and amateur sport to assist with the generous fundraising efforts of the Canadian Progress Club – Halifax.
NHL. MLB. NFL. NBA. CFL. Boxers. Olympians. Many, many more. Hockey royalty such as Bobby Orr, Gordie Howe, Eric Lindros and Mark Messier. Baseball legends including Tim "Rock" Raines, Jose Canseco, Joe Carter and “The Hawk” Andre Dawson. NFL greats like Joe Montana, Jim Kelly, Eric Dickerson and Hines Ward. NBA superstars Bill Walton, Isiah Thomas and “Dr. J” Julius Erving. Boxing champions Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes and Jake LaMotta. Olympic heroes like Hayley Wickenheiser, Christine Sinclair and Donovan Bailey. These greats and many more have all visited our province and entertained our patrons. To compliment a night of laughter, locker room tales and life lessons with the sporting world's elite, the evening also includes an exciting sports trivia contest, raffle draw, and live and silent auctions. The event continues to flourish and has grown into one of the single largest fundraising events in Atlantic Canada, with over twelve hundred guests, national press coverage and tremendous local business support.
His meteoric rise has been so remarkable that the Kansas City Star called him “the most interesting man in the NFL.” And for good reason: not only does Laurent Duvernay-Tardif play for the Kansas City Chiefs, he is also studying medicine at McGill University. In May 2018, he graduated with his doctorate in medicine, earning one of the biggest accomplishments of his life.
In May 2014, at the age of only 23, the Mont-Saint-Hilaire native became the 10th Canadian to be drafted by an NFL team from a Canadian university. In his second season in Kansas City, the six-foot-five-inch 320-pound player earned the position of right guard on the team.
Passionate about both football and medicine, Laurent turned a deaf ear when counsellors and family members advised him to choose between sports and studies. And it proved to be the right choice! “It’s all about balance. Don’t give up on your passions!” he tells the young people he meets at the many talks he gives at schools.
Duvernay-Tardif played university football with McGill University (2010 to 2013) after his college career with the Phénix at Collège André-Grasset (2008-2009). Previously, he played three seasons with the Richelieu Pirates in Beloeil.
From the beginning of his career, he has been honoured with awards, both athletic and academic. In February 2020, he was an integral part of the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl winning team.
During the spring of 2020, Laurent lent a helping hand during the Covid-19 pandemic by working as an orderly at a long term care facility in the Montreal area. In July 2020, Laurent announced that he was opting out of the 2020 NFL season due to Covid-19, becoming the 1st player of the 2020 NFL season to announce his decision to opt-out. In 2020, he was named co- recipients of the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year award as well as the co-winner for the 2020 Lou Marsh Trophy.
Already very involved in his community despite his grueling schedule, Laurent is driven by the desire to get young people excited about physical activity and art as well as promoting balance between sports, arts and studies. In 2017, his longtime girlfriend Florence and him cofounded the Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Foundation, its mission being to encourage sports, arts and studies for kids.
An avid sailor—he spent many summers as a camp counselor—and fan of contemporary art, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is as charismatic as he is physically imposing, and his future holds great promise.