Burris golf weekend sold out

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:01 AM ET

Every Calgary Stampeders fan knows Henry Burris can hurl a pigskin.

If you want to find out if Smilin' Hank can hit a fairway with the same expertise as he can spot a slotback, you'll have to chat with one of the lucky golfers that'll tee off with the Stampeders signal-caller at the sixth annual Henry Burris all-star weekend, which kicks off tomorrow with a tournament at Springbank Links Golf Club.

"He says he's not that good of a golfer," said organizer Linda Orr. "But he's a pure athlete, so I'm sure he's better than he claims to be."

The weekend festivities also include a cocktail and dinner banquet, a football camp for youngsters and a Rock Star Bus Tour of city hotspots, with all proceeds benefiting Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Calgary and area.

The 300 spots in Saturday's youth football camp at McMahon Stadium have already filled up.

The rest of the weekend activities are sold out, too, leaving organizers optimistic they'll reach their goal of raising an event-record $100,000.

"The stars are aligning for the all-star weekend this year," said Jenifer van Meenen, the director of development and communications for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Calgary and area.

Burris is coming off one of his best seasons on the gridiron.

The veteran gunslinger threw for 5,094 yards and 39 touchdown strikes and was named Grey Cup MVP after guiding the Stampeders to a CFL title in November.

His off-field contributions are just as impressive. At last year's all-star weekend, the Stamps quarterback presented Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Calgary and area with a cheque for about $75,000.

"Because Henry is so passionate about what Big Brothers and Big Sisters does, I think people respond to him and want to help him help us," van Meenen said. "We're incredibly fortunate to have Henry as our greatest champion and ambassador."

The list of celebrities participating in this weekend's festivities also includes former CFL stars Damon Allen, Marcus Crandell, Alondra Johnson and Don Narcisse, current Edmonton Eskimos running back Jesse Lumsden and two-time Olympic gold medallist speedskater Catriona Le May Doan.


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