How in the world did the player that should have gotten the ball to win Super Bowl 49, the current #32 ranked football player in the world and a player that has seen 11 home dressing rooms in his NFL career end up coming to Ottawa? Marshawn Lynch from the Oakland Raiders, Marcus Peters from the Los Angeles Rams and Josh Johnson, currently a free agent, will be in town Friday and Saturday for a free charity event at NRML Clothing on Rideau Street and a football camp on Saturday at the University of Ottawa.
This trip is the brainchild of Josh, Marcus and Marshawn as well as Hamza Ayach, a longtime Merchant Success Manager from Shopify. Beastmode is Marshawn’s clothing company and a Shopify user. Hamza was so impressed with their community work and impact that, throughout their time together, it felt like a natural progression to inviting Marshawn and the gang to Ottawa to help out with a fun football camp for kids that wouldn’t necessarily have the opportunity to attend a camp that was expensive.
A youth football camp on Saturday will be held at the University of Ottawa’s Matt Anthony Field (801 King Edward Ave). Organizers are hoping for 300 kids to participate, and they do not need to bring football equipment. There is no charge for the event, which will also provide meals, snacks and transportation to and from the field for those who need it. There is still room available to sign up.
One of the charities being supported is the Fam1st Family Foundation. Fam1st was created in 2006 to improve the lives of children by mentoring them on the importance of education, literacy, and self-esteem. Fam1st was launched by Marshawn Lynch and Josh Johnson, and later Marcus Peters joined. All three are Oakland natives who have overcome a significant amount of adversity to become the men they are today.
On Friday from 3–5pm for all ages, and then a 19+ timeslot of 6-8pm, there will be a chance to play ping pong or Madden (on PS4) against these legends, all in the name of raising money for Fam1st and the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa. A donation of $10 or more will get you a short game of either table tennis or Madden with one of the three players.
There will be an extensive silent auction that should be a top draw. Prizes that you can expect will be signed game-worn memorabilia from both the NFL and NHL, personal training sessions and gift cards for local restaurants.
NRML will also be showing a collab with the Beastmode brand and selling the one-off merchandise for charity. DJ Ray Ray will be spinning tunes throughout the event. In the later 19+ timeslot, Beau’s will be serving up beers.
Yann Darevic, the owner of NRML, is a huge football fan—although he supports the Lions, who have only one playoff win to their name! However, Darevic is an even bigger fan of the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa. His wife worked there for many years, so, the more money raised, the better. NRML hopes to see as many football fans out as possible.
There will be a food truck from Meatings outside the event selling a curated menu with many foods inspired by the NFL players. $1 of every item purchased will be going towards the YSB.
Visit breaktheplan.fun to register for the youth football camp at Matt Anthony Field (801 King Edward Ave) on Saturday.