Allen throws for charity

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

A local shelter for youths could be a big winner in this year's version of the Damon Allen Quarterback Challenge.

Horizons for Youth, which provides shelter and services for homeless or troubled youths, was announced yesterday as a charity that will benefit from Allen's skills drills for quarterbacks.

The Quarterback Challenge debuted last year at York University but will take place this year at Ivor Wynne Stadium on May 13 and it could be moved annually to other CFL cities in future years.

Allen will be joined by various CFL pivots, including the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' new projected starter, Jason Maas, who couldn't showcase his skills last year because of a wonky shoulder. Maas and former Tiger-Cats quarterback Danny McManus, now with the Calgary Stampeders, joined Allen yesterday at the Rogers Centre to talk about the event.

Allen, who is about to begin his 22nd season in the CFL and fourth in Toronto, picked Horizons as one of three charities -- the others haven't been finalized -- following an encounter two weeks ago he had at Horizons, where he was a keynote speaker for a breakfast. Allen met a youth whom he identified as Jermaine, who dramatically turned his life around.

"His story was unbelievable. It truly impacted my own thought process of really giving back and helping people," Allen said.

Allen, incidentally, will be throwing out the ceremonial opening pitch before the Blue Jays-Boston Red Sox game today. Allen starred as a pitcher at Cal State-Fullerton and attended spring training with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1994.

ARGOS NOTES

The Argos have cut ties with four-year veteran Michael Bishop, who once was tabbed as their quarterback of the future. He currently is playing for the Chicago Rush of the Arena League.

The Argos also announced the signing of veteran Canadian cornerback/defensive back Dave Donaldson, formerly with the Ottawa Renegades.

TICATS ACQUIRE VAUGHN

The Montreal Alouettes have dealt veteran slotback Terry Vaughn to Hamilton for a conditional draft pick next year and signed ex-Renegades defensive tackle Jerome Haywood to a three-year deal.


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